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. 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.
Acknowledgements vii INTRODUCTION 1 EDITOR’S NOTE 12 ARTHUR ADAMOV 15 RHYS ADRIAN 17 JOHN ARDEN and MARGARETTA D’ARCY 18 ALAN AYCKBOURN 28 ENID BAGNOLD 45 PETER BARNES 50 JOHN BARTON 52 ROBERT BOLT 53 EDWARD BOND 88 JOHN BOWEN 94 HOWARD BRENTON 99 BRIGID BROPHY 102 CARYL CHURCHILL 104 RICHARD COTTRELL 107 DAVID CREGAN 108 JONATHAN GEMS 109 PETER GILL 110 CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON 110 DAVID HARE 113 JOHN HOLMSTROM (a.k.a. ROGER GELLERT) 120 DONALD HOWARTH 122 ANN JELLICOE 126 THOMAS KILROY 127 STEPHEN LOWE 130 FRANK MARCUS 131 JOHN McGRATH 132 DAVID MERCER 133 JOHN MORTIMER 137 PETER NICHOLS 139 JOE ORTON 141 ALAN PLATER 160 STEPHEN POLIAKOFF 164 DAVID RUDKIN 169 WILLY RUSSELL 173 JAMES SAUNDERS 176 WALLACE SHAWN 177 MARTIN SHERMAN 180 COLIN SPENCER 180 JOHN WHITING 181 CHARLES WOOD 185 POSTSCRIPT 188 P.P.S. 199 index 201