Dangerous Corner



  • A play by J. B. Priestley, first performed in London in 1932. One of Priestley's 'time plays', it begins with Robert and Freda Caplan and their well-heeled guests listening to a radio play about a suicide. Conversation turnsto Robert's brother, Martin, who is believed to have committed suicide after stealing money from his employers. A chance remark leads one of the men to admit that he himself committed the theft, while one of the women reveals that Martin was in fact shot as he attempted to rape her. Following these and other revelations, Robert runs upstairs and shoots himself. The stage lights briefly fade and the drama restarts with the group again listening to the radio play; this time, however, someone switches to a music programme and the couples begindancing. In this parallel version of events, it is implied, the characters willcontinue with their charmed lives, undisturbed by the truth.

    When Dangerous Corner was seven months into its run, Priestley was approached by the producer Binkie Beaumont, who suggested that he write a play with a particular star in mind. Priestley responded vehemently to this suggestion: "I don't write vehicles, I write plays. And I've no time for bloody stars or the star system. If I had my way, we wouldn't have them. Just a lot of good actors."