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Burning Coal Theatre Company will present The Iron Curtain: A David Edgar Trilogy at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, north-west London from 13 to 30 November 2014.
The trilogy is made up of three separate plays, all directed by Jerome Davis, and running in rep at the fringe venue. Burning Coal are an American based Theatre company who are presenting the work to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain this autumn.
The first play in the series is The Shape of the Table, which opens on 13 November 2014. Originally premiered at the National Theatre on the one-year anniversary of this remarkable event, the play looks inside the government of an unnamed Soviet satellite country as the thousands appeared, suddenly, on their streets and in their squares.
This will be followed by Pentecost which begins performances in rep on 14 November 2014. Widely regarded as one of the best British plays to come out of the 1990s, the play won the 1995 Evening Standard Best New Play of the Year Award. It tells the story of Gabriela Pecs, a feisty and passionate art curator in a small, unnamed Eastern European country who believes she has discovered something wonderful in an ancient, abandoned church near one of her country's borders.
The final play in the series is The Prisoner's Dilema, which will open on 15 November 2014. Whilst War is Hell, negotiating peace can often be worse. This play tells the story of a now independent nation that was once part of the Soviet Union, now in flames, as two ethnic peoples brutally battle for control of 'their' country'.
Whilst each play may be enjoyed on its own, the trilogy are presented in repertory, so audiences can take in multiple plays throughout the run.