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Edward Bond is the great British playwright who vanished. Was he pushed or did he jump?

By Michael Coveney   March 2005

The Sheffield Crucible has been the hottest regional theatre for a few years now, and in March all eyes will focus on the centrepiece of Michael Grandage’s last season as artistic director: a revival of Edward Bond’s epic Lear, a brutal variation on Shakespeare, considered by many to be the playwright’s masterpiece. The production reunites the former artistic directorate of the Almeida Theatre in Islington, the director Jonathan Kent and the actor Ian McDiarmid.

Among the brand-name dramatists who came to prominence in the 1960s—Ayckbourn, Pinter, Stoppard, Gray, Bennett—the case of Edward Bond is the most puzzling. Much more of…

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