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How tragedy can end happily

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is tragic and despairing while Steve Waters's new play Temple offers redemption

By Sameer Rahim  
Simon Russell Beale (left) as the Dean of St Paul's and Paul Higgins as the Canon Chancellor in Steve Waters's play Temple © Johan Persson

Simon Russell Beale (left) as the Dean of St Paul's and Paul Higgins as the Canon Chancellor in Steve Waters's play Temple © Johan Persson

What makes a play tragic rather than comic? This was question posed by Rowan Williams in a typically deft lecture last week at the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, a keen amateur actor in his…

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