As a theatre critic, you get used to seeing the same plays over and over again. It's not as bad as being a dance critic and being confronted with a diet of endless versions of Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, or an opera critic with La Boheme and The Magic Flute, but you can still be sure to see at least one or more productions of King Lear, Hamlet and Macbeth every year.
In the latest flurry of classic American plays being revived in London, Jeremy Herrin’s production of All My Sons opens the night after the play also opened on Broadway. It could be a mere coincidence, but at a time where fact is meaningless and people tell themselves what they want to believe, it demonstrates the consequences of pulling the wool over your eyes. A lesson fitting on both sides... Read more