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The Late Play: Dangerous Corner by J. B. Priestley (1932) – Radio Drama (1984)


J.B. Priestley’s first play, first performed in 1932.It was premiered in May 1932 by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric Theatre, London, and filmed in 1934 by Phil Rosen. This radio version was aired in 1984, the cast was led by Martin Jarvis and others included Helen Worth who plays Gail Platt in Coronation Street

Robert and Freda Caplan are entertaining guests at their country retreat. A chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences. The play ends with time slipping back to the beginning of the evening and the chance remark not being made, the secrets remaining hidden and the “dangerous corner” avoided.

The play marked in dramatic form Priestley’s fascination with the passage of time

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