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The Divide

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…

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