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Hope, Royal Court: Jack Thorne lays bare Labour’s identity crisis

This new play on austerity tackles the identity crisis at heart of Labour, but suffers from a similar lack of focus

By Serena Kutchinsky  

Tommy Knight (left) and Tom Georgeson in Hope at the Royal Court © Manuel Harlan

Is there hope for the Labour party? That is the question around which Jack Thorne’s provocative new play pivots. Focusing on the distinctly unfestive topic of austerity, Thorne, a long-time Labour supporter and award-winning screen and playwright, lays bare the identity crisis at the core of Ed Miliband’s party. It’s a theme which feels more topical than ever in the…

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