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#1 Ian

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 11:39 PM

One thing which is coming  clear in the word-of-mouth about Equus is just the strength of the writing. It had a highly successful original run by the National Theatre at the Old Vic and then the Albery (Noel Coward) theatres, but has not had a major revival since - a gap of approx two decades. Unfairly neglected?

So what other successful plays ought to be dusted down and 'remounted'?

I'd like to nominate Tom Stoppards "Night and Day" which had a close on two year run at the Phoenix at the end of the 1970's. Concerning the morality of the press, the theme will not have dated even if the methods of filing a story have.

Any others?
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 07:28 PM

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Jean Anouilh's The Lark (L'Alouette), his play on Joan of Arc, is long overdue a revival in Christopher Fry's wonderful version.  The play knocks Shaw's verbose and over-rated Saint Joan into a cocked hat - would the NT had been doing the Anouilh version instead.

Another forgotten masterpiece is Giles Cooper's Everything in the Garden, a 1962 black comedy of tremendous power and relevance.

Galsworthy's Strife.

Ibsen's The Pretenders.

The last two would be massivewly effective in the Olivier - or at Chichester.





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