Some playwrights burn like fire: names like Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Alan Bennett, Michael Frayn, Jez Butterworth and Martin McDonagh have a celebrity profile of their own so they're forever being interviewed, quoted or given awards of some sort (Hare just received at the Shakespeare Guild's Gielgud Award at the UK Theatre Awards last weekend). Their names alone have their own box office marketability.
There's both a Chekhovian sadness and a very British 'Brief Encounter' air about The Slaves of Solitude, Nicholas Wright's new play based on Patrick Hamilton's 1947 novel set in wartime Britain. In its closing moments, Miss Roach - the lonely spinster at the heart of the action - says wistfully, "There's so much more to come. There'll be more love, more hate, more sad farewells, more sudden... Read more