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The best theatre this January and February 2021—The Normal Heart and Iphigenia in Splott

Plus Choir Boy at the Nottingham Playhouse

By Michael Coveney  

In Iphigenia in Splott, Sophie Melville reprises her role as Effie. Photo: Alex Mills

The Normal Heart, The National Theatre, February

Larry Kramer’s lacerating melodrama was the first Aids play on the British stage, coming from New York in 1985 with Martin Sheen as Kramer’s activist loudmouth Ned Weeks. That role is now taken by Ben Daniels in a revival directed by Dominic Cooke that will be more than a poignant period piece: Kramer, who died last May, charts an unfolding tragedy and a health crisis the authorities are slow to acknowledge. One early adversary, who got the message and became a friend, was the immunologist Anthony Fauci, lately on…

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