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Essays, Articles, Reviews, etc

Various pieces related to Peter Gill's work.  See also the menu of cast lists and other details of Peter Gill's productions.

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, September-November 2007, January-April 2008
Gaslight, by Patrick Hamilton, Old Vic, June 2007
Theatre by diktat
Emphasis on top-down thinking means that writers are now delivering drafts instead of plays. An article by Peter Gill.
The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville-Barker, National Theatre, Lyttleton, April 2006
Epitaph for George Dillon by John Osborne and Anthony Creighton, Comedy Theatre, September 2005
Gillian Barge Obituary, 24 November 2003
Scenes from the Big Picture by Owen McCafferty, Cottesloe Theatre, April 2003
Peter Gill Festival, Sheffield, May 2002

The York Realist by Peter Gill, The English Touring Company, November 2001
The Look Across The Eyes and Lovely Evening by Peter Gill, BBC Radio 4, 16 November 2001
Luther, by John Osborne, Royal National Theatre, October 2001
reviews of
Peter Gill's Sleepers' Den, revived at the Southwark Playhouse directed by Thea Sharrock and designed by Rachel Blues, 26 June - 21 July 2001
Peter Gill's production of David Mamet's Speed-the-plow
The production page has links to interviews with Peter Gill, Mark Strong and Kimberly Williams, as well as links to reviews and pictures of the production.
Peter Gill's new translation of Chekhov's The Seagull
toured in a Royal Shakespeare Company production. Reviews:
Friendly Fire by Peter Gill
Part of the BT National Connections season, summer 1999.  One of ten new plays commissioned by the National Theatre Education Department.
Peter Gill — The Plays
by John Burgess.  Reproduced from the programme of the Almeida production of Peter Gill's Certain Young Men, January 1999
Theatre: a word from the wise
by David Benedict.  Interview published in The Independent, January 1999. In a similar vein, see also "Where's the pioneer spirit?" in the Guardian, May 1999.
Reviews of 1999 Almeida production of Certain Young Men
A response to The New Approach to Investment in Culture from the perspective of the theatre
by Peter Gill. A response to a Government consultation document on arts funding. Published in The Spectator, September 1998
by Amelia Earhart, Slyvia Plath, and Emily Dickinson from Tongue of a Bird programme.
Interview with Peter Gill
by Kate Kellaway, New Statesman, November 1997
Twits in toppers
Musicals in the subsidised theatre.  Peter Gill squares up to the song and dance squad. Originally published in the Guardian, March 1997
Cardiff East programme notes
A short history of Cardiff and various fragments of Welsh/English verse and poetry, February 1997.
There are also on-line reviews of Cardiff East:
Programme notes from A Patriot for Me
Uncle Vanya programme notes:
Richard Nelson, biography of the author of New England
The Way of the World programme notes
June and the Paycock programme notes:
Programme notes from The Marriage of Figaro
Mean Tears programme note
by Christopher Hampton.  On Peter Gill's plays. 1987
Season of new plays
Sam Shepard
Extracts from an interview with Sam Shepard by Stephen Fay, published in The Sunday Times on 28 August 1984.
Programme notes from Venice Preserv'd by Thomas Otway:
Ödön von Horváth
Notes on the writer from the Tales from Hollywood programme, 1983
George Bernard Shaw and the World of Major Barbara
by Peter Lewis (from the programme of Peter Gill's 1982 National Theatre production of Major Barbara)
Danton's Death
Much Ado About Nothing programme notes
Notes from Measure for Measure programme:
Directors as God
An interview with Peter Gill at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios: national acclaim but locally there were calls for bingo.  By Peter Lennon in the Sunday Times Magazine, November 26 1978.
Peter Gill
by Christopher Hampton.  From the programme of the July 1976 Royal Court Theatre first performance of Small Change by Peter Gill
Ivan Sergeyevitch Turgenev
from the programme of the Peter Gill's 1981 National Theatre production of A Month in the Country
Julius Caesar
Essay by Simon Usher
Clare Poems
by Edward Bond
Twelfth Night notes
from the programme of Peter Gill's 1974 RSC production of Twelfth Night
Henrik Ibsen and Hedda Gabler
  • programme notes from Peter Gill's Stratford (Ontario) Festival, 1970
  • Times obituary of Irene Worth
Interview with Michael O'Neill and Jeremy Seabrook, authors of Life Price
„Wir brauchen einander"
Extracts from essays by D.H. Lawrence (in German)
D.H. Lawrence 1885-1930
Notes on D.H. Lawrence in German
Royal Court Diary
Rehearsal logbook by Barry Hanson of three D H Lawrence plays in repretoire at the Royal Court, April 1968
D.H. Lawrence: Dramatist
an essay by Keith Sagar, D.H. Lawrence Review, 1968
Some dialect poems
by D.H. Lawrence
Nottingham & the Mining Country
From an essay of D.H. Lawrence's, 1929
Mining Terms
From the programme of Peter Gill's 1967 production of D.H. Lawrence's The Daughter-in-law.  Also in German: Bergwörterbuch 1871
National Coal Strike, 1912
Background, plus January-April 1912 from The Annual Register.
Interview with Joe Orton and
notes on Joe Orton's plays
from the programme notes of Peter Gill's Royal Court production of The Erpingham Camp and The Ruffian on the Stair (presented together as Crimes of Passion in a season of new plays) June 1967.
Thomas Otway
Biography from The Soldier's Fortune programme notes.
Historical context (the Restoration of Charles II) from The Soldier's Fortune programme notes.
The Sleepers Den and Over Gardens Out
Publisher's text
Mermaid Theatre opening


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