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David Hare describes his latest play Gethsemane, which opened on 11th November at the National Theatre, as “pure fiction.” Nonetheless, it features Alec Beasley, a Labour prime minister responsible for the absence of social progress at home and the prosecution of a disastrous war abroad; Otto Fallon, a party fundraiser with a background in pop music; and Meredith Guest, a cabinet minister whose husband has been accused of shady financial transactions. Yet, if the purity of Hare’s fiction is open to doubt, Gethsemane aspires to be more than glib Blair bashing;…
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