Howard Brenton (born December 13, 1942) is an English playwright, who was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He gained notoriety for his play The Romans in Britain, first staged at the National Theatre in 1980. This featured a scene of attempted buggery which resulted in Mary Whitehouse mounting a private prosecution against the play's director, Michael Bogdanov. Whitehouse's prosecution was withdrawn by her own legal team when it became obvious that it would not succeed..
"The press and politicians. A delicate relationship. Too close, and danger ensues. Too far apart and democracy itself cannot function without the essential exchange of information. Creative leaks, a discreet lunch, interchange in the Lobby, the art of the unattributable telephone call, late at night."
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