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My time with Hunter S Thompson

The British theatre director Lou Stein recalls how his friendship with the famous hedonist began

By Lou Stein  

Hunter S: “If I don’t like what you’ve done with the book, I’m going to tear your theatre apart” ©MDCarchives WMCommons

It was 1982. The Gate Theatre, which I had founded in Notting Hill, was expanding to inhabit a second home in Battersea. To launch the new theatre, I needed a play with the punch of a highly sprung jack-in-the-box. The idea of adapting Hunter S Thompson’s outrageous journey into the heart of the American Dream, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, seemed ideal. But first there would be Hunter…

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