Another Country

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Another Country is a play written by the English playwright Julian Mitchell (born 1 May 1935) [1]. It premiered on 5 November 1981 at the Greenwich Theatre in southeast London and transferred to the West End in March 1982. It is loosely based on the life of the spy Guy Burgess, renamed "Guy Bennett" in the play, and examines the effect his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism has on his life, and the hypocrisy and snobbery of the English public schools. The play won the Society of West End Theatre Awards Play of the Year title for 1982.

Charles Julian Humphrey Mitchell FRSL (born 1 May 1935), is an English playwright, screenwriter and occasional novelist. He is best known as the writer of the play and film Another Country, and as a screenwriter for TV, producing many original plays and series episodes, including at least ten for Inspector Morse.

Performance history in South Africa

1983: This play starring Sean Taylor, Neil McCarthy, Jeremy Crutchley, Russel Savadier, Alan Swerdlow, Robin Sanders, Michael Maxwell and John Lesley, directed by Nikolas Simmonds, design by Brian Collins, lighting design by Pip Marshall opened at the Baxter on 17 June 1983 before this Baxter production moved to the Market with minor cast changes in July 1983. Stage manager at the Baxter was Mavis Lilenstein.

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Translations and adaptations

The play was adapted and released as a film, also entitled Another Country.


Wikipedia [2].

Another Country theatre programme (Baxter Company '83) donated by Tony Fletcher, held by NELM: [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 19. 9.

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

Tucker, 1997. p. 425.

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