“Usually a play will reflect a mental climate that I am in.”
In this 1976 interview, Melvyn Bragg talks to the author and dramatist Tennessee Williams about his life and work. Created as part of the BBC’s ‘The Lively Arts’ series, this programme also includes dramatisations of scenes from The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, and contributions from actor Maureen Stapleton.
Williams speaks openly about his upbringing and family life, discussing his sexuality, mental health and relationships which have all influenced the themes and characters in his plays. He also shares his opinion on the popular film adaptations and reveals his most inspirational writers, including poet W.B. Yeats and Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.
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