Hare’s politics are no surprise, and there is real perception in his description of Boris Johnson “struggling with his instincts” as a libertarian locking down the nation he had longed to lead, as the virus is “clearly retro-fitted to find out his weaknesses”. • Beat the Devil is in repertoire in a season of 12 monologue plays at the Bridge theatre, London, until 31 October. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. There is an acerbic aside on Boris Johnson’s leadership that draws parallels between the prime minister’s return to office after contracting Covid-19 and his own recovery: “I know to take it easy. Ralph Fiennes in Beat The Devil. Bridge Theatre London Dave Fargnoli: Winning Critic Search has been strange and overwhelming, The best theatre shows, musicals and opera to watch online now, Stratford Circus Arts Centre to leave premises resulting in 27 jobs lost, Oliver Dowden: ‘I will fight to ensure lockdown restrictions end on time’, Tiers and audience Tetris: How front-of-house staff coped on theatre's brief return, London’s Bridge Theatre to reopen with live staging of Talking Heads reboot, Peter Gynt at the National Theatre, London – review round-up, Tim Levy joins leadership team of Nick Starr and Nicholas Hytner’s London Theatre Company, A Number at London's Bridge Theatre starring Roger Allam and Colin Morgan – review round-up, Demolition of ‘irreplaceable’ north London theatre approved by council, Rehearsals and streamed performances can continue in lockdown, Dowden confirms, Reimagined Beauty and the Beast to tour the UK, Selladoor co-founder Phillip Rowntree leaves company after 11 years, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Arinzé Kene among 200 voicing concerns about Wac Arts, Spotlight accused of enabling discrimination with tick box to refuse disabled performers, Opera North and the Lowry among latest Culture Recovery Fund recipients, 'Furlough extension welcome, but it's too late for many' – theatre figures react. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. ‘Beat the Devil’ Review: Ralph Fiennes Stars in COVID-19 Monologue in Socially Distanced Staging Bridge Theatre, London; 250 seats; £30 ($40) top. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? 12 monologue plays at the Bridge theatre, London. Start your Independent Premium subscription today.
He rants about the unpreparedness, the PPE shortages, the failure of early testing, the absurd permission for those Cheltenham Festival days. Is this mine own countree?”. And with this season of monologues, headlined by David Hare’s Beat The Devil, it is indeed now welcoming back socially distanced audiences with a remarkably smooth and efficient FOH operation that should put most any worry at ease. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment.
by Rachel Halliburton Monday, 31 August 2020. He sorrows for the victims who died.
At first, he was ‘air-hungry” but expecting a restful ‘flu, with old war films on telly (“Noel Coward in white shorts pretending to be a captain”) and thinking, five days in, that he was fit to cook the family supper. Onstage three pale screens cast a ghostly bluish light on our masked half-human faces.
And Covid-19 must have its say to start with, so off goes the season with Ralph Fiennes directed by Nicholas Hytner and delivering a monologue by David Hare. Sleepless Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London HA9 ★★★★. Hare, then 72, went down with the virus in March and plainly had a rotten time of it. THE EDITORIAL TEAM | Review: Beat The Devil at The Bridge Theatre. Beat the Devil Bridge Theatre, London SE1 ★★. Please. “I’m so glad to be alive,” he says, and we glimpse a man – though not always enough of him – who has gone through delirium and despair and come out the other side empathetic, grateful, changed.
“I don’t have survivor’s guilt. This 50-minute play, too, turns recently lived reality into drama, using Hare’s own harrowing experience of the illness as its narrative framework.
Available for everyone, funded by readers. REVIEW Beat The Devil Bridge Theatre, London ★★★★ ‘I AM air hungry’ says Ralph Fiennes, cutting a wearily embittered figure in this new, landmark David Hare monologue — marking the West End’s first indoor production since the theatres closed in March. He is uncritically adoring of Merkel and Ardern but does not mention Sweden. Actually, the most interesting parts of Hare’s beautifully written tale are about that newness, though when he first got it – in mid-March – there had not been as much medical information filtering through as there has been later.
Beat the Devil review – righteous rage of David Hare's corona nightmare. The distancing is not the only limit, of course: for the Bridge, a season of one-person shows, minimally set, lies ahead. Dave is a playwright and critic. Click on the banner to find out more. Opened, Aug 27, 2020; reviewed, Sept. 1. Given the speed with which it has arrived in a theatre, it is perhaps unsurprising that there’s nothing too sophisticated about Beat the Devil. Bridge theatre, London. I have survivor’s rage”. “I don’t have survivor’s guilt. News: The West End & Beirut collaborate for The Beirut Emergency Appeal, Best Supporting Actress in a Play & in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Play & in a Musical, the Bridge have helpfully programmed lots more alongside it, News: Hiba Elchikhe launches Out Of The Darkness, Into The Spotlight, News: You Will Be Found by #CheerUpCharlie & West End Friends to be released on 15th November. “I don’t have survivor’s guilt,” Fiennes-as-Hare declares near the play’s close, “I have survivor’s rage.”. His fever soared, his fear and anger grew. Beat the Devil, Bridge Theatre review – Ralph Fiennes delivers an arresting account of Covid-19 Theatre itself become an act of rebellion against the microbe. The inbuilt flexibility of the Bridge Theatre’s auditorium means that it was always going to be a contender for one of the first theatres to be able to reopen. Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF. At one point he refused to go into hospital because people there caught COVID, though as his GP pointed out, he already had it.
Hare has never been one for subtlety, but this kind of grand, clunking statement occurs too frequently for one to take the righteous undercurrent seriously. Power to the Bridge. There are dates, statistics and medical science, all powerfully delivered by Fiennes, who magically animates the stage, though he barely moves on it.
TICKETING PARTNERS | OUR RATING SYSTEM. It’s a disease for men, particularly blond, white men.”, The personal tale is given comic treatment, too – his wife, Nicole, doesn’t understand social distancing when she climbs on top of him in bed to keep him warm – but is more often delivered in short, pungent lines.
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