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<i>The Wednesday Play</i>: <i>In Camera</i> (BBC, 1964)

The Wednesday Play: In Camera (BBC, 1964)

Seeing Philip Saville’s remarkable adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 play Huis Clos at BFI Southbank has, prompted me to pen at least a short note in response. The drama was screened as part of the current season celebrating 50 years of The Wednesday Play, although as a production based on a classic of the European theatre, it was hardly a typical offering from the strand. In fact, as an opening title sequence revealed, it was commissioned by producer Peter Luke for his Festival series, but when this was cancelled by incoming executive Sidney Newman, In Camera ended up as one of the first broadcasts in the new series dedicated to dramas of the contemporary world. Continue reading

Screen Plays

Welcome to the blog of the AHRC-funded research project Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television. The project is based at the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) in the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster and runs from June 2011 to February 2015.

The project is concerned with all plays written for the theatre produced for British television since 1930. We will publish a database of these productions, a book and journal articles, and we will organise screenings, conferences and other events.

News of our activities will feature here, with reviews, research discoveries, drafts of our ideas and much more. We very much hope that you will contribute to the discussions.

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