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Prospect recommends: Jerusalem at the Royal Court

By A S H Smyth  

The centre left's electorally successful technocratic reform project of the 1990s now seems to have run its course. The left needs a new story—above all for its core supporters—yet one that does not retreat to the failed statism of the 1970s

Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem opens at the Royal Court this month

Jez Butterworth has had an odd career since Mojo made his name at the Royal Court in 1995 and was subsequently filmed with Harold Pinter, Butterworth’s hero, in the cast. The film Birthday Girl (2001), starring Nicole Kidman, which Butterworth wrote and directed, was a sex enslavement thriller that misfired badly, while his latest movie, Fair Game, which he wrote and produced, is shooting with Sean Penn. Just turned 40, Butterworth’s theatre reputation has come into sharper focus this year with Parlour…

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