OBITUARY: Robert Bolt

Tom Erhardt
Sunday 23 October 2011 00:50

May I correct an inaccuracy in John Calder's otherwise estimable obituary of Robert Bolt [23 February]? writes Tom Erhardt.

When Peggy Ramsay first met Robert in the mid-Fifties he was a schoolmaster writing radio plays. She encouraged him at that time to write for the theatre, and during the 20 years I worked with her before her death in 1991 she constantly tried to persuade him to write again for the stage.

She was always theatre- oriented, and far more interested in art than money - it was Robert's decision to work in films, and she constantly expressed her deep regret at his defection to the screen.

Further to John Calder's obituary, Robert Bolt was not arrested in Trafalgar Square on 17 September 1961, writes Christopher Logue. He was with 29 others imprisoned without trial five days earlier at Bow Street magistrates court.

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