In the Christmas Eve issue of The Guardian there appeared an article by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent entitled: J B Priestley Works Enjoy Remarkable Renaissance Works of author and playwright once dismissed as voice of bygone era are now being brought to new audiences. Although the article contained one or two questionable assertions and several factual errors (including confusing Priestley’s first name with that of his illustrious namesake) it offered much encouragement. Reference was made to the new or revived stagings and publications of Priestley’s works and to comments made by The Society’s President, Tom Priestley. He had mentioned to the journalist that 2016 had been a particularly good year and that the trend is to continue in the new year. It appears that more enquiries than ever are being received from producers, including a plan to bring Dangerous Corner to a new audience. Tom also mentioned that he still turns down approaches from producers if he thinks their proposed projects are ‘inappropriate’. Interestingly, one such rejected approach was to stage An Inspector Calls with a woman as the Inspector in line with the growing practice of casting actresses in male parts.
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