TYNAN Kenneth - Typed Letter Signed regarding new playwrights
Kenneth TYNAN (1927-1980)Typed Letter Signed (“Ken”) to “Dear John” [John Moody, actor, director, head of drama at the Arts Council and Director of the Bristol Old Vic], evidently replying to an enquiry about “budding playwrights”.
1 page 4to, 29 Hyde Park Gardens, W2, 19 February n.y.
“I’ll certainly let you know if any budding playwright crosses my horizon: he hasn’t as yet, but you never know. I should imagine Cambridge would be a good place to send scouts to. There’s a whale of a lot of theatre there at the moment, and no doubt young authors to go with it.
I’m glad the play is doing well, though I didn’t really take to it. By the way, I gather you still need one more new play for the season. Why not the Anouilh “Waltz of the Toreadors”? Lucienne Hill has a translation.”
The first English production of Waltz of the Toreadors, using Lucienne Hill’s translation, took place at the Arts Theatre in February 1956. Assuming that this letter does in fact date from 1956, Tynan was soon to discover an explosive new talent among British playwrights when John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger had its premiere in May of that year.
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