This week came the announcement that the Boulevard Theatre will be reborn 25 years after it shut down in Soho on the site of the old Raymond Revuebar.
While it was best known as a comedy club – home of The Comic Strip Presents… – it also played host to theatre productions and 30 years ago this week hosted a production of Sam Shepard’s True West directed by then Shared Experience director Nancy Meckler.
In 1989, The Stage reported on the slightly unusual lengths that Meckler had gone to in sourcing props for the production:
“Anyone who flew into Britain from the United States recently might have noticed a woman struggling through Customs with handfuls of toasters.
“If it wasn’t an itinerant pedlar, the chances are it was Shared Experience director Nancy Meckler, a woman prepared to go to the most bizarre lengths in the interests of authenticity. Her production of True West at the Boulevard Theatre called for 11 genuine American toasters in working order. When Britain couldn’t come up with the goods, the fastidious Meckler rounded them up herself with the help of friends across the Atlantic.”