Read more about the article REVIEW: The Normal Heart, Olivier, National Theatre (2021)
LizCarr as Dr Emma Brookner and Ben Daniels as Ned Weeks (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

REVIEW: The Normal Heart, Olivier, National Theatre (2021)

The play opens with a silent funereal tribute with the whole cast gathered around a flame in a brazier.  As the brazier is raised to the flies, a furious party ensues with disco music.  In Scene 1 in July 1981 we see Craig Donner (Elander Moore) terrified at his diagnosis.  Craig Donner is barely out of his teens and he is frightened and shaking with emotion.  An older man David (Richard Cant) has dark lesions on his face. 

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Read more about the article NEWS: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer at the Olivier <br>Directed by Dominic Cooke <br>previewing from 23rd September 2021
In rehearsal for the Normal Heart, Dino Fetscher and Ben Daniels (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

NEWS: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer at the Olivier
Directed by Dominic Cooke
previewing from 23rd September 2021

Love, anger and activism during the 1980s AIDS crisis. A new virus is infecting gay men across New York City. As the rising death toll is ignored by government and the medical establishment, fear and confusion turns to rage and division. Using this anger, writer and activist Ned Weeks sets out to unite the community in their fight for recognition and right to survive.

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Directed by Dominic Cooke
previewing from 23rd September 2021
Read more about the article REVIEW: All My Sons, Cottesloe, National Theatre (2000)
Ben Daniels as Chris and James Hazeldine as Joe Keller (Photo: Ivan Kyncl}

REVIEW: All My Sons, Cottesloe, National Theatre (2000)

Set in an American town in the 1940s, the play looks at the conflict between the pressure to make money and ethics or personal responsibility. The cupboards are full of metaphorical skeletons. Director Howard Davies, who two years ago directed the acclaimed production of The Iceman Cometh in London and on Broadway, has revived Miller's play in a tense and exciting production.

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