Wednesday, 7 August 2013

England writers not very nice

Posted by Melanie Phillips

Richard Bean

The author of the hit play One Man Two Guv’nors,Richard Bean, has spoken about the intolerance he has suffered from other writers.
It was reported recently that Bean is working on a new drama for the National Theatre about the phone-hacking scandal, set in a tabloid newsroom.
In a conversation with me about constraints on public debate, Bean recalls that one reporter misquoted the director of the National, Sir Nicholas Hytner, to make it look as if Hytner had regretted staging a previous, controversial, Bean play.
Bean also reveals that in another incident, when Bean had called a meeting to oppose an attempt by a theatre to censor his work, a well-known playwright  — whom he does not name — stormed out because Bean had not chosen to write his play from the viewpoint that the playwright herself supported.
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