David Hare

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The best musicals are the equal of great plays, so why the snobbery? | David Benedict
The song’n’dance genre is everywhere, David Hare has bemoaned. He needs to watch more of these joyous shows

David Benedict

26, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Musicals are having an exceptional moment – but classic plays are vanishing from our stages | Michael Billington
There are invigorating versions of Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma! and Cabaret in London – and some enticing new dramas coming up – yet theatre risks being cut off from its past

Michael Billington

23, Mar, 2023 @5:23 PM

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‘I threw my arms around Beckett!’ – electrifying first nights, by Ciarán Hinds, Eileen Atkins and more
The author of a new book about the greatest openings in theatre history asks stars of stage to recall their most thrilling first nights – and the occasional disasters that befell them

Interviews by Dominic Dromgoole

26, Oct, 2022 @2:59 PM

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‘Dishonest narcissists’ – David Hare on why our unshameable Tory leaders should watch The Roads to Freedom
The BBC’s superb adaptation of Sartre’s story of love, shame and France’s fall is a stark reminder that self-reproach has gone from British public life. Why, asks playwright David Hare, do we tolerate a ruling class that can’t confess fault?

David Hare

30, Aug, 2022 @4:04 PM

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David Hare: ‘There is an awful lot of pious theatre at the moment’
The playwright on branching out into poetry, contemporaries he admires and his need to challenge audiences’ beliefs

Matthew Reisz

06, Aug, 2022 @5:00 PM

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The week in theatre: Straight Line Crazy; The Human Voice – review
Ralph Fiennes is firing on all cylinders in David Hare’s new play about a New York highway builder; and Ruth Wilson is beguiling in an unsubtle staging of Cocteau’s monologue

Susannah Clapp

27, Mar, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Straight Line Crazy review – Ralph Fiennes enthrals as the man who shaped New York
Fiennes heads an electrifying cast in David Hare’s dynamic portrait of Robert Moses, an aggressive yet visionary urban planner who refused to back down

Mark Lawson

24, Mar, 2022 @12:01 AM

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The week in TV: The Shrink Next Door; Inside the Care Crisis With Ed Balls; Beat the Devil; The Tower
A conniving shrink takes over his patient’s life as Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd reunite; Ed Balls gets to grips with elderly care; and Ralph Fiennes fumes in the David Hare play the BBC didn’t want

Barbara Ellen

14, Nov, 2021 @9:30 AM

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David Hare furious at BBC after it rejects his Covid play, starring Ralph Fiennes
Playwright, who was gravely ill with the virus, says it’s ‘nonsense’ that viewers don’t want a pandemic drama

Dalya Alberge

24, Oct, 2021 @8:30 AM

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David Hare: Covid-hit UK theatre needs a John Osborne-inspired revolution
Playwright mulls mass appeal of Osborne, who is being honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

08, May, 2021 @6:01 AM

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David Hare pens furious poem about Boris Johnson’s handling of pandemic
Exasperated satirical poem pours scorn on PM described as ‘dogmeat wrapped in the union flag’

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

19, Apr, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The week in TV: Roadkill; DNA; The Same Sky; Out of Her Mind and more
David Hare’s political thriller had too many implausibilities to be truly enjoyable

Euan Ferguson

25, Oct, 2020 @9:30 AM

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