Peter Whelan

(b. 1931)

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(1931– ),

dramatist, born in Staffordshire, the area that provides the setting for two of his plays, Clay (1983) and The Bright and Bold Design (1991), about the Stoke‐on‐Trent pottery industry in the 1930s. Like many of his plays, these display a humane interest in working‐class history and political change and were presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, as were Captain Swing (1978), The Accrington Pals (1981), and two well‐received plays respectively concerning Marlowe and Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna, The School of Night (1992) and The Herbal Bed (1996). Whelan has also written a futuristic play, Divine Right (1996), in which a character clearly based on Prince William disguises himself in order to discover the realities of a sometimes grim Britain.

Subjects: Literature.

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