Opened in 1927 with a restaurant, bars and a 324-seater theatre, the Arts Theatre Club had what was then the smallest stage in London. The first production was a revue but it went on to present a wide range of old and new plays, among them work by Fry, Rudkin and Pinter. Translations of European drama, included the British premier of Waiting for Godot, and, as a club, plays the Lord Chamberlain would not license. It was run for more than a decade by Alec Clunes, was where Peter Hall began his professional career and for a time became the experimental arm of the RSC and home of the Unicorn Theatre for Children, all recorded in this brief history.
Hardback, 146pp, 20 illus, (1986), ISBN 085430 041 4, £9 ($18) inc. p&p.
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