Kevin McNally has his chance to show how well Shakespeare's play goes in the open airby Michael Coveney / July 19, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 8th to 20th August
The honour of being the first senior British playwright for many years to have a world premiere at Edinburgh falls to the irrepressibly fecund Alan Ayckbourn, now 78. The Divide sounds as structurally ambitious as his Norman Conquests trilogy (1973), or the two-part House and Garden (1999). The Divide consists of two plays of three hours each set a century from now in a country decimated by a plague and enforced gender segregation. Forbidden love marks the lives of a brother and sister in a small English town, while revolution looms on the peripheries. It comes to the Old Vic in the autumn.