THERE is a curious comic group in England who pine after what they are pleased to call a National Theatre. They will not be happy till they get one, and they will be a damned sight unhappier when they do. A crude and a rude fellow named Granville-Barker is at the head of this irritating band of agitators who, among other things, want Shakespeare's plays played often and Shakespeare's plays played well. God knows we have had enough of this boyo for the last decade or so, without having him bobbing up before you every time you come in for a meal or go out for a drink. It is really a sad and a shameful thing to have these people gadding about saying we want a National Theatre, we ought to have a National Theatre, we must have a National Theatre. Surely we have had enough Shakespeare for the rest of our unnatural lives. Who wants a National Theatre, anyway? It is all very well for Granville-Barker to flourish in our faces a long and brightly coloured string of names, with his Sir John This and The Lord Bishop of That, as if we had not the power to do our own thinking, independently of interested persons, ready, as Mr. Agate says, to


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