Lane Press is a small independent publisher specialising
in drama. We
are based in the Cotswolds
town of Charlbury between Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon,
and have been publishing plays and books on the theatre
for over 30 years. We have many well-known modern and
established dramatists on our list, including 'Biyi Bandele,
Steven Berkoff, Ronald Harwood, Julian Mitchell, Martin
Sherman, Hugh Whitemore
and Sir Arnold Wesker.
Terry was undoubtedly the greatest and most flamboyant
British actress of the late nineteenth century. In her
long and unconventional life she played many roles –
both on and off the stage – and was admired by some
of the best known figures of her time. G. F. Watts and
John Singer Sargent painted her, dramatists such as Shaw,
J. M. Barrie and Tennyson created roles for her, Lewis
Carroll and Julia Margaret Cameron photographed her, Oscar
Wilde wrote poems about her and Henry James and John Ruskin
reviewed her performances (though not always favourably).
this biography David F. Cheshire charts Ellen Terry's
life and career from her earliest reputed appearance on
the professional stage in 1854 at the age of seven, as
one of the little princes in Richard III, through the
years of her great stage partnership with Henry Irving,
to her last major public performance at 76, as Mistress
Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, when the playwright
and critic Herbert Farjeon found her performance "electric
... gallivanting ...”
Portrait of Ellen Terry, which features over 100 photographs,
many from the Terry family archives not previously published,
is a fitting tribute to a remarkable actress, once described
by her rival and friend, the legendary Sarah Bernhardt,
as "more a woman than all the women in the world."
a complete list of parts played by Ellen Terry plus biographical
notes on her relations, friends and colleagues.
can read more about David F. Cheshire and purchase Portrait
of Ellen Terry
information on ordering any of our books please go to
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year sees new productions of our most popular plays across
the world. These are a few of them. Cancer
Tales had its radio debut in 2009 on BBC Radio
4; and a tour of the play by the Strawberry Hill Creative
in partnership with Mundipharma Ireland won the Allianz
Business to Arts "Creativity" award which was
presented by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese,
in Dublin. Later in the year that other favourite by Nell
Dunn – Steaming
– was performed by the Bovington Players, Hertfordshire,
while Solana Beach, California was the venue for Ronald
Harwood's classic backstage drama The
Dresser, presented by the North West Repertory
Theater. Still on that side of the pond the City of Sumter,
South Carolina staged The
Business of Murder, as did the Canyon Moon Theatre
Company in Sedona, Arizona this January. In 2010 the play
was also staged in Portuguese – A Arte do Crime
– at the Companhia Teatral do Chiado in Lisbon.
Richard Harris’s archetypal suspense thriller last
toured Britain extensively in 2008 and remains a perrenial
favourite among drama groups and audiences alike –
as is Sand Castles.
Centred around that most British of institutions, the
beach hut, Bob Larbey’s play was produced in 2009
by the Rainham Amateur Theatrical Society, and they were
followed by such diverse companies as the Mercia Island
Players in West Mercia, and the Basin Theatre Group down
under in Mt Dandenong, Victoria. Groups staging Sand
Castles in 2010 included The Castle Players in Beaumaris,
Gwynedd, the Rackheath Players near Norwich and Limelight
Productions in Warminster.
a Catholic – Mary O’Malley’s
popular and hilarious comedy of life in a 1950s London
convent school – has probably been performed somewhere
every year since its West End premier over 30 years ago.
In 2009 it was produced by the Neston players in Cheshire,
and by the Loft Theatre Company Upstairs at the Gatehouse
in Highgate, London; and last year saw productions by
the Little Theatre Company at the Brewhouse, Burton upon
Trent, and at the Landor Theatre in Clapham. In 2010 London's
Trafalgar Studios were the venue for a staging of New
Boy starring Skins star Nicholas Hoult
making his West End debut in this tale about the new boy
at school, and the sexual and social confusion he sparks.
2009 saw revivals of two plays by the prolific writer
Hugh Whitemore. God Only
Knows was presented by the Company of Ten at
the Abbey Theatre in St Albans; and the Nottinghamshire-based
Radcliffe-on-Trent Drama Group produced A
Letter of Resignation which dramatises the occasion
when Harold Macmillan, staying with friends in Scotland,
received a political bombshell – a letter of resignation
from his war minister, Profumo.
2010 When She Danced
by Martin Sherman was staged at the Meli Theatre in Athens,
and also in a highly praised version by TimeLine Theatre
Company in Chicago. This award-winning play is about one
day in the life of "the mother of modern dance"
– Isadora Duncan. More recently in the US Trial
By Fire TheatreWorks in Oregon produced Kiss
of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (translated
by Allan Baker); while back in London at the Conservatoire
for Dance and Drama there was a timely revival of Tony
which is set in the foreign exchange dealing room of a
City of London bank.
is Martin Sherman's modern classic Bent
which has been most revived recently having celebrated
its 30th anniversary in 2010. There were productions in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Rising Action Theatre), Espace
4001 in Montreal (Altera Vitae Productions), and in California
at The Empire Theatre in Santa Ana, the Diversionary Theatre
in San Diego, and the Nitery Theater at Stanford University.
Last year it was staged at the Belvoir Street Downstairs
Theatre in Sydney by Focus Theatre to coincide with the
annual Mardi Gras Festival. But perhaps the most interesting
new production of Bent was at the Landor Theatre
in Clapham London last April. The producer and director
– Andrew Keates – graduated from drama school
in 2009 and through his experience, determination and
love of the piece was granted the honour of being the
youngest gay director to produce the play professionally
in the UK by the playwright himself - Martin Sherman.