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I'm Not Running review, National Theatre: Is political theatre’s big beast running out of puff?

Fadu News 2018-10-10 07:49:00

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Siân Brooke and Joshua McGuire in David Hare's 'I'm Not Running' at the National Theatre
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I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that David Hare, that big beast of British theatre, is back on his home turf: presenting an original stage drama about our political life at the National, scene of many a stimulating, well-researched, well-argued ‘state of the nation’ play from his nibs.

You have to go back to Gethsemane (2008), about Labour Party funding, and The Power of Yes (2009), which investigated the financial crisis, to find him doing what he does best: putting the body politic on the slab and opening it up. Aside from a Tory-baiting contribution to a mixed bill at the Arts Theatre in 2016 – the prolonged period of silence has come to an end.

The bad news is...

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