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Some Letters I Never Sent by Max Stafford-Clark (Susan Elkin Reviews)

LETTERS I NEVER SENT – Max Stafford-Clark (Book Guild)

Star rating: one star ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

Dear Max

Because your disparate new book of ideas, reminiscence and self-flagellation is presented as a series of letters, I am reviewing it in the same format, although as far as I know we’ve never met. I don’t think much of it as a way of structuring a book but it seems an appropriate way of responding.

Yes, of course we all know that you founded Joint Stock and Out of Joint and that you ran the Royal Court for years out of which came a great deal of new work and innovatory thinking which probably helped to change the face of theatre in Britain. I’ve seen and admired a fair bit of your work over the years.

We also know that it all fell apart in 2017 when you were drummed out of your post because of allegations of sexual harassment ….

To read the rest of this review go to Musical Theatre Review


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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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