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theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Howard Brenton

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Howard Brenton

The prolific playwright has incubated his creative anger deep into his sixties

Howard BrentonCatherine Ashmore

Political playwright Howard Brenton (b. 1942) is always in the process of being "rediscovered". Yet at the same time he has been at the heart of British theatrical life for the past 40 years, since his debut in 1969 with Christie in Love. True, he has spent the odd decade out of the theatrical limelight - a few years ago, he "went out of fashion" in his own phrase – and then he just happened to pen some of the liveliest scripts on television with the BBC’s spy drama series, Spooks (2002-2005).

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