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Review: Plague Over England

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The critics have been criticised for praising a play written by one of their own. But Nicholas De Jongh’s account of the scandal surrounding the newly-knighted Sir John Gielgud’s arrest in 1953 for importuning (or as it is called these days, being gay) is a quite shocking revelation of institutionalised persecution. As Gielgud, Michael Feast is pitch perfect in voice and gesticulation. Weed out a few tired double entendres and the proposed film version of Tamara Harvey’s production could be a winner.

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