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Roger Lewis talks to Stephen Fry

Erotic Vagrancy

Hay Festival 2024, 
Comic genius Roger Lewis (author of Seasonal Suicide Notes) takes on Hollywood, delusion, celebrity and the last century’s ultimate glamour couple: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Lewis uses this impossibly desirable and damaged pair – accused by the Vatican of ‘erotic vagrancy’ – to tell the story of an age of excess: the freaks and groupies, the private jets, jewels and yachts; the magnificent bad taste and greed. He talks to the Hay Festival Global President about this clash of worlds: the filth and decay of South Wales and the grandeur and elegance of Old Hollywood; the fantasies we have about film stars and the fantasies the Burtons had about each other.
Roger Lewis talks to Stephen Fry