Playwrights: Outpatient of the Year

The master speaks. "There are only two great playwrights in Britain today —Terence Rattigan and myself. Perhaps Peter Shaffer is a third, but he doesn't really write enough. There has to be output, not just one or two plays. I have been in fashion, and people have said I have gone out of fashion. Beware of fashion. Staying power is what counts." Staying power Noel Coward surely has. He will be 65 this month. Less than a year ago, his doctor told him to take a thoroughgoing sabbatical, since he had been suffering from savage gastritis. So Coward slowed...

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