Noel Coward

How gay literature found its voice in the 1950s

Patricia Highsmith's lesbian romance novel 'Carol', now a successful film, was published in 1952 and marked the point when gay relationships in literature tentatitively started to step out of the shadows.

Back on stage, the forgotten Rattigan

His reputation languished after the arrival of the Angry Young Men in the 1950s. But the National Theatre's production of 'After The Dance' promises to right a theatrical wrong, says Paul Taylor