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1977

1977


February 1977: Sam Walters programmes Audience and Private View as Charter 77 bursts onto the political scene. As the political situation continued to make headlines in the UK, the theatre responded by programming Havel's The Memorandum immediately after. The theatre's relationship with the playwright turned President has continued, most recently producing the first production outside Prague of his final play Leaving, in 2008 and presenting his early play The Conspirators just before his death in 2011.

Gordon Reid and Bill Wallis in the UK premiere of Audience, 1977. Photo by Andrew Ward.

February 1977: Sam Walters programmes Audience and Private View as Charter 77 bursts onto the political scene. As the political situation continued to make headlines in the UK, the theatre responded by programming Havel's The Memorandum immediately after. The theatre's relationship with the playwright turned President has continued, most recently producing the first production outside Prague of his final play Leaving, in 2008 and presenting his early play The Conspirators just before his death in 2011.

Gordon Reid and Bill Wallis in the UK premiere of Audience, 1977. Photo by Andrew Ward.

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