Set in 1945 during the hundred days that elapsed between victory in Europe and victory in Japan, “Touched” follows the fortunes of a group of women in a working-class suburb of Nottingham. First staged at Nottingham Playhouse in 1977 by the then Artistic Director, Richard Eyre, “Touched” was so successful it transferred to the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1981 in a new production by William Gaskill. Both productions were praised to the skies, and the play’s reputation is still high.
It has been out of print for many years. This new edition is published 25 years after its premiere at the Court and coincides with a performance there as part of the theatre’s 50th-Anniversary celebrations.