In the same interview with the Daily Telegraph, Peter Hall voices his frustration with the increasing "celebrification" of London's West End. "Frankly, getting a play on now in the West End means you've either got to have Judi Dench or Maggie Smith or a Hollywood star." He also reveals how such casting criteria recently derailed one of his own planned productions. "I was going to direct a wonderful new play by Simon Gray, and I'd got John Wood, Corin Redgrave, Kika Markham and David Yelland and I couldn't get it on." If a cast of such stellar British stage talent as that is not enough to persuade a producer to take a punt, perhaps Hall is right to be worried.