Quote Of The Day

"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Plague Over England…

Last Friday Stu and I ventured to the Duchess Theatre in London’s glitzy West End to see Plague Over England. Written by Evening Standard theatre critic Nicholas de Jongh, it tells the story of Sir John Gielgud’s arrest for importuning for immoral purposes (cottaging) back in 1953. Facing personal and professional ruin after the story is splashed across the national press the story wittily recounted by de Jongh explores the court case, the theatre-going public’s reaction, the institutional homophobia of the time, the occasional self-loathing of mid-century homosexuals and ultimately how Gay Lib affected the lives of all homosexuals twenty years later in 1973. It’s funny, sexy and well worth seeing. 4 stars.


  1. Anonymous9:14 am

    hey so when you going to talk about matthew perry's book 'Hero' - it is right up your street and you will love it. it is also now being made into a film with the help of stan lee from spiderman fame.

    Good job on the dentist btw - and you do realise that on average dentist's get bitten at least twice a week so a punch would probably have made a novel change.

  2. Now read 'Hero'. Will keep an eye open for it.

  3. Anonymous9:22 am

    Do - it's on amazon and you will love it. It's supposed to be a teenager's book, but it's a lot more than that and it's Perry Moore (got the name wrong)