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Peter’s friends made the 60s swing

Features | By Elisabeth Luard | November issue


Jonathan Miller turned 85 on July 21. Elisabeth Luard has discovered lost photos of his Beyond the Fringe colleague, Peter Cook, in 1961, when she worked alongside him at The Establishment, Britain’s first satire club

Jonathan Miller turns 85 on July 21. Elisabeth Luard has discovered lost photos of his Beyond the Fringe colleague, Peter Cook, in 1961, when she worked alongside him at The Establishment, Britain’s first satire club For just two years in the early Sixties – mid-1961 until the end of 1963 – The Establishment Club in Soho was the hottest ticket in town. For those of us who worked there, it was the beating heart of the universe. What a thrill it was to find this cache of unpublished photos from the Establishment’s archive – particularly on the eve of what would have been Peter Cook’s 80th birthday, on 17th November. Before 19 Greek Street became London’s first (and last) satirical theatre-club, it was the Club Tropicana, a strip joint with rooms. The advantage to the proprietors, Peter Cook and Nicholas Luard, was the disreputableness of the area, the space –...

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