Dirty plays: Marat/Sade in context

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    Daily Mirror, 20 August 1964

    Peter Brook's 1964 production of Marat/Sade was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Theatre of Cruelty season. It opened in London, then transferred to New York in 1965. The play was hugely controversial, despite being popular with audiences and acclaimed by critics.

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    Birmingham Post, 26 August 1964

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    Dail Mail, 25 August 1964

    RSC board member Emile Littler was quoted in the press denouncing the season of plays as 'violent, distasteful, ad positively horrific' prompting a series of major headlines.

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    The Daily Sketch, 25 August 1964

    On 25 August, a leading theatre ticket agency owner, Peter Cadbury, followed Emile Littler and spoke out against the Theatre of Cruelty plays, calling for X certificates 'to protect innocent theatregoers'.

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    Brighton Evening Argus, 25 August 1964

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    Coventry Evening Telegraph, 26 August 1964

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