The Romans in Britain
|The Romans in Britain|
Poster designed by Richard Bird advertising the original 1980 National Theatre production.
|Written by||Howard Brenton|
|Date premiered||16 October 1980|
|Place premiered||The National Theatre, London|
|Setting||North of the River Thames (55 BC)|
Britain (515 AD)
Ireland (1980 AD)
A cast of thirty actors play sixty roles.
The play was first staged at the National Theatre in London on 16 October 1980. In 1982 it became the focus of an unsuccessful private prosecution by Christian morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse against the play’s director Michael Bogdanov relating to the on-stage depiction of homosexual rape. This prosecution was defeated when Whitehouse's solicitor, Graham Ross-Cornes, the chief witness against Bogdanov, revealed under cross-examination that he had been sitting at the very back of the theatre when he saw what was claimed to be a penis. The prosecution withdrew after lead defence counsel Jeremy Hutchinson QC demonstrated that Ross-Cornes could have witnessed the actor's thumb protruding from his fist. The case was ended after the Attorney-General entered a nolle prosequi.
- Howard Brenton, The Romans in Britain (London: Eyre Methuen, 1980) ISBN 0-413-46590-X
- Mediawatch formally the National Viewers and Listeners Association (campaign group), opinion article.
- Look Back in Anger The Guardian, January 2006, feature article.
- Review round-up about the 2006 Sheffield production