Ronald Duncan(1914-1982), Playwright and poet
Ronald Frederick Henry Duncan
Sitter in 10 portraits
Born in Rhodesia, writer and playwright Duncan was a pacifist, and in 1937 wrote the words for the Pacifist March, composed by Benjamin Britten for the Peace Pledge Union. They worked together again after the Second World War when he wrote the libretto for Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia (1946). Although surprised when replaced by Eric Crozier, who worked with Britten on his next opera Albert Herring (1947), Duncan and Britten remained friends, and in 1949 Britten provided incidental music for Duncan's play Stratton. His other work includes the plays This Way to the Tomb (1945), Our Lady's Tumbler (1951), Don Juan (1953) and The Catalyst (1958
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