A finely tuned, rapid fire and utterly compelling 100 minutes of theatre. The Cane challenges, provokes and entertains
The Cane, Mark Ravenhill’s latest, represents an investigation that remarkably refuses to follow today’s tropes of outrage and counter-intuitively and presents a different kind of moral ethic.
Inspired by Mark Ravenhill’s realisation that some teachers retiring now would have been active when corporal punishment was outlawed in 1986, The Cane is his first new play for a goodly while.
Mark Ravenhill’s comeback play The Cane at the Royal Court Theatre is a brilliant, complex and mature account of the abuse of power.
Can we, I wonder, ever learn to deplore past attitudes without being vengeful about it? The Cane is a mischievously satirical – and unsettling – imagination by Mark Ravenhill.
Mark Shenton views the week of news, openings & upcoming awards… in the West End, Broadway & beyond.
Alun Armstrong, Maggie Steed and Nicola Walker have been cast in the world premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s play The Cane, directed by Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone.