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Berlin Wall: Is it the right time to revive the Iron Curtain trilogy?

This series of plays were intended as a response to the events of autumn 1989, now they're being presented as history. Do they still stand up?

By David Edgar  

David Edgar's Pentecost was premiered by the RSC in 1994 ©Jason Dail

Those of us who wrestle with the challenges of writing fact-based theatre can take comfort from the fact that playwrights have been here before. The earliest Greek play we have—Aeschylus’s The Persians—was about the recent defeat of a rival army. The RSC is currently running two Elizo-Jacobean plays—Arden of Faversham and The Witch of Edmonton—based on real life stories (Arden ends with a “what-happened-next” speech, like…

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