The University of Kent Players are very excited to announce their next stage production will be J. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner, being performed at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury from the 27th to the 29th February 2020. Watch this space for tickets!
Robert Caplan and his wife are entertaining her brother and sister-in-law, Olwen Peel and Charles Stanton – all of whom are associated with Robert in a publishing business. Because Robert insists on uncovering the truth about his brother Martin’s “suicide”, many unpalatable revelations ensue.
This play is a fascinating combination of mystery play and psychological study. It shows how the gradual revelation of the truth disrupts the lives of the characters and shows them up for the rotters they are. George Jean Nathan writes of it that it "provided the only intelligent new play that the Broadway stage has uncovered thus far in a season."
About the author:
John Boynton Priestley (1894 - 1984) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, son of a schoolmaster. He left Belle Vue School at 16 and worked in a wool office, beginning to write in his spare time. He volunteered for the army in 1914 and served throughout the First World War, surviving the grim conditions of the trenches. He gained a grant to go to Cambridge and launched his professional career with Brief Diversions, a collection of short pieces, which attracted attention in London.
Mr. Priestley entered the theatre in 1932 with Dangerous Corner, and dominated the London stage during the 1930s with a succession of plays such as I Have Been Here Before, Time and the Conways, When We Are Married, An Inspector Calls, The Linden Tree, and The Glass Cage. During the Second World War, he established a new reputation as a broadcaster. A profilic writer, he continued writing novels, notably Bright Day and Lost Empires, and an important list of non-fiction, English Journey, launched him into a new role as a social commentator. Mr. Priestley was married three times and had four daughters and one son. He was a lifelong socialist of the old kind, yet never joined the Labour Party. He was a spokesman for the ordinary people, unashamedly middlebrow, patriotic, honest and, opposed to the class system. He turned down offers of a knighthood and a peerage but gladly accepted the Order of Merit in 1977.