The definitive biography of the most influential play agent the theatrical world has ever seen.
With a new foreword by Stewart Pringle – National Theatre of Great Britain
Winner of the Society for Theatre Research’s 1997 Theatre Book Prize
Peggy Ramsay was the most admired British play agent of the 20th Century. With a matchless ability to visualise a play, she set up business in 1953 and, over the years, nurtured and developed the most dazzling client list which included Eugene Ionesco, Joe Orton, Robert Bolt, David Mercer, John McGrath, Iris Murdoch, John Mortimer, James Saunders, Peter Nichols, Charles Wood, Ann Jellicoe, Edward Bond, Christopher Hampton, David Hare, Alan Ayckbourn, Caryl Churchill, Howard Brenton and Willy Russell. Her role in the development of modern British drama was undeniable.
One of the most remarkable things about her was her instinctive generosity. Peggy believed that the living playwright belonged at the centre of the theatre. A theatre without new writing talent to refresh it is worthless.