Celebrated playwright Michael Poulton backstage

During rehearsals for his new play Kenny Morgan at the Arcola Theatre, celebrated playwright of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, Mike Poulton sat down with John Bowles backstage at The Arcola Theatre.

Poulton’s new play, Kenny Morgan, which gets its world premiere at  Arcola Theatre Wednesday on May 18th – Saturday June 18th, makes a conjectural reconstruction of a day in the life of an ex-boyfriend of Terence Rattigan, a young man who nine years previously had received the British Film Industry’s ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ award, but gassed himself to death.

Kenny Morgan, directed by Lucy Bailey, reveals a volatile story of secrets and lies, of destructive passions and unrequited love.  It draws on the real events behind the creation of what would become arguably Rattigan’s best and most celebrated play, The Deep Blue Sea – a version of which opens at the NT in June starring Helen McCrory.

“In a letter to John Osborne, Terence Rattigan wrote: ‘Perhaps I should rewrite Deep Blue Sea as it really was meant to be, but after 20 years I just can’t remember why I made all that fuss.’ I have not attempted to rewrite or adapt Rattigan’s greatest play; I have simply looked at the events that inspired him to write it and, using the same Greek structure he employed, written a new play based on certain concealed truths.” admits Michael Poulton.


The Arcola Theatre is an innovative venue situated in Dalson, E8.  The administrators are very proud of the fact that it was the most awarded venue last year.  It is a popular place for a coffee.  drop by and check it out.