Half a century ago this week, we reported that Trevor Nunn’s first season programmed as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company was due to open with a production of Pericles, directed by Terry Hands.
It starred Ian Richardson in the title role, alongside Susan Fleetwood, doubling as Thaisa and Marina. The second production in the season, also directed by Hands, was a return of the previous year’s staging of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Nunn would go on to run the RSC until 1986.
Elsewhere in the same issue, we reported that a new production called Erogenous Zones was due to open at London’s Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, inspired by the playwright Mike Stott’s “intense interest in American strip cartoons”.
Meanwhile, Equity and NATKE (a precursor to BECTU) were engaged in negotiations with West End theatre managers over the possibility of performances occurring in Theatreland on Good Friday in what would have been a first in the 20th century.
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