Howard Brenton

Steve Barfield (University of Human Development, Suleymanyia, Iraqi Kurdistan)
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Howard Brenton is a major and frequently provocative voice in British post-war political theatre. He has written or co-written more than 40 plays, as well as journalism, essays, poetry, a novel and several dramatic adaptations. He has also written for television. His best known plays are:

Christie In Love

(1969);

Brassneck

(with David Hare, 1973);

Magnificence

(1973);

The Churchill Play

(1974);

Weapons Of Happiness

(1976);

Epsom Downs

(1977);

TheRomans In Britain

(1980);

Bloody Poetry

(1984);

Pravda

(with David Hare, 1985). His work is frequently pugnacious and mordantly satirical, employing lampoons and caricatures - the character of Lambert La Roux, the megalomaniac and right-wing newspaper magnate in

Pravda

- to hit topical targets. He is also an accomplished practitioner of blackā€¦

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Citation: Barfield, Steve. "Howard Brenton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=556, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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