I once asked Mrs Whitehouse about the case and she struck me as perfectly sane. The trial collapsed, having given everyone the giggles when a short-sighted witness claimed to have seen an offensive body part which was proven to have been a male… thumb. The show stayed on with, I am sure, the approval of Churchill who had a sense of humour about matters erotic. It was a combination of cheap smut and terrible tunes. Few of us, surely, can imagine doing it ourselves.
The lad was perhaps out to dispel the Unshakeably Wholesome Curse of Harry Potter with a raunchy display of his bits.
Stars who dare to bare - A history of nudity in theatre
Once, on being told his flies were undone, he muttered: The production standards, judging from the photographs that were taken of the Follies starlets, were of incredible quality. The rules laid down at the time were that naked women were permitted as long as they resembled antique marble statues. Nudity is often dated back wrongly to the hippy freak-out musical Hair. But the nudity back then seems to me to have an enlightened purpose. A few years later Mary Whitehouse launched a doomed, private prosecution — under the Sexual Offences Act — against the National Theatre and its play Romans In Britain, which featured the attempted rape of a hairy male Druid by said Romans. The trial collapsed, having given everyone the giggles when a short-sighted witness claimed to have seen an offensive body part which was proven to have been a male… thumb.