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My Plays for Today: Richard Eyre

The Lie (w. Ingmar Bergman, d.Alan Bridges, p. Graeme McDonald)

This is the latest in a series of posts in which we publish the ‘top’ Plays for Today identified by a range of writers, researchers and media professionals. The brief was that such lists should not necessarily consist of what were considered to be the ‘best’ Plays for Today but could also include personal favourites, or work which it was believed should be better-known (though, in many cases, these categories overlap). 

My Plays for Today: Richard Eyre

These are the ones that stood out for me:

The Lie (1970)

Stocker’s Copper (1972)

All Good Men (1974)

Leeds United! (1974)

Through the Night (w. Trevor Griffiths, d.Michael Lindsay-Hogg, p. Ann Scott)

Sunset Across The Bay (1975)

Just Another Saturday (1975)

Through The Night (1975)

Nuts In May (1976)

Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976)

The Elephants’ Graveyard (1976)

Bavarian Night (1981)

Of my own:

Long Distance Information (1979)

Just A Boy’s Game (1979)

The Imitation Game (1980)

The Elephants’ Graveyard (w. Peter McDougall, d. John Mackenzie, p. Graeme McDonald)

Sir RICHARD EYRE was artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973–78 where he commissioned and directed many new plays, including Trevor Griffiths’ Comedians. He joined the BBC in 1978 as series producer for Play for Today, and his work for the strand as a producer and director included Barrie Keeffe’s Waterloo Sunset (1979), Neville Smith’s Long Distance Information (1979), a studio adaptation of Comedians (1979), Just a Boys’ Game (1979), written by Peter McDougall and directed by John Mackenzie, Ian McEwan’s The Imitation Game (1980), an adaptation of David Storey’s novel Pasmore (1980) and Trevor Griffiths’ film Country (1981). He was director of the National Theatre from 1987 to 1997 and a member of the BBC’s Board of Governors from 1995 to 2003. In addition to directing numerous award-winning plays and operas, his extensive film credits include The Ploughman’s Lunch (1983), Tumbledown (1988), Iris (2001), Notes on a Scandal (2006), The Children Act (2017) and King Lear (2018).

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Gangsters is the current leader, on seven votes.

Three plays on six votes: Penda’s Fen, Through the Night and Nuts in May.

Four plays currently on five votes: Robin Redbreast, The Cheviot the Stag & the Black Black Oil, Leeds United and The Spongers.

Eight plays currently on four votes: Edna the Inebriate Woman, Kisses at Fifty, Just Another Saturday, Bar Mitzvah Boy, Destiny, Blue Remembered Hills and The Imitation Game.

Five plays currently on three votes: Orkney, Land of Green Ginger, Abigail’s Party, Country and King.

Twelve plays currently on two votes: Back of Beyond, Sunset Across The Bay, The Lonely Man’s Lover, The Other Woman, Double Dare, Licking Hitler, Don’t Be Silly, Comedians, Just A Boy’s Game, Long Distance Information, The Adventures of Frank and Baby Talk.

Fifty-one other plays on one vote (plus a further three not originally broadcast as Plays for Today, and one ‘my eleventh choice’ appendix).

[…] Sir RICHARD EYRE was artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973–78 where he commissioned and directed many new plays, including Trevor Griffiths’ Comedians. He joined the BBC in 1978 as series producer for Play for Today, and his work for the strand as a producer and director included Barrie Keeffe’s Waterloo Sunset (1979), Neville Smith’s Long Distance Information (1979), a studio adaptation of Comedians (1979), Just a Boys’ Game (1979), written by Peter McDougall and directed by John Mackenzie, Ian McEwan’s The Imitation Game (1980), an adaptation of David Storey’s novel Pasmore (1980) and Trevor Griffiths’ film Country (1981). He was director of the National Theatre from 1987 to 1997 and a member of the BBC’s Board of Governors from 1995 to 2003. In addition to directing numerous award-winning plays and operas, his extensive film credits include The Ploughman’s Lunch (1983), Tumbledown (1988), Iris (2001), Notes on a Scandal (2006), The Children Act (2017) and King Lear (2018). His personal selection of Plays for Today may be found here. […]

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