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An Ibsen revival, Formula 1 and BBC2's identity crisis

By Prospect   June 2011


Emperor and Galilean

Directed by Jonathan Kent, National Theatre, from 9th June, Tel: 020 7452 3000

The great Ibsen biographer Michael Meyer once planned to present his translation of Emperor and Galilean, the playwright’s farewell to epic drama, at the Old Vic. But his hopes were dashed when the theatre was turned into the base for the new National Theatre Company, under the direction of Laurence Olivier, in 1963. As if to make amends, the National is now offering the British premiere of this unwieldy, ironic story of how the tyrannical Emperor Julian decided to abolish Christianity and restore…

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