Diary Detail
May 2018
30 Wednesday

The Letters of Peggy Ramsay: Play Agent

Peggy Ramsay (1908-1991) was the foremost play agent of her time. Her list of clients including Alan Ayckbourn, Robert Bolt, Caryl Churchill, Joe Orton, Howard Brenton and many more, shows her to have been at the centre of British playwriting for several generations from the late 1950s on.

Join Simon Callow, Christopher Hampton, Maureen Lipman and Colin Chambers to discuss and read some of Peggy Ramsay’s letters to her remarkable array of clients; her letter writing was notorious, marked by searing candour, both a wondrous motivation and an unforgiving scrutiny to be feared.

Revelations in the book of her letters Peggy to Her Playwrights: The Letters of Margaret Ramsay, Play Agent uncover the fascinating battles behind the scenes of some of the 20th century’s most important playwrights.

‘Peggy judged by the most exalted standards and lashed her writers when they failed to meet them. Her force of personality made her well-nigh irresistible. The letters she wrote to her writers and to producers are extraordinary documents, filled with all these qualities, and indiscreet, blasphemous and saucy to boot.’ – Simon Callow

6pm on Wednesday 30 May 2018

National Theatre

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