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‘A Christmas play with the power to disturb & provoke’: THE TELL-TALE HEART – National Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

Can you really turn a three-page short story into a full-length play? What would you add, and how would you avoid accusations of padding? Anthony Neilson’s new version of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, a classic gothic chiller which was first published in 1843, has to confront this issue head-on

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‘A modern-day Christmas turkey’: THE TELL-TALE HEART – National Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Expectations are high for a festive ghost story from the National. With its world-class resources, the theatre offers a wondrous potential to stage the most chilling of tales and when the source material is a famed Edgar Allan Poe short chiller, the anticipation is only heightened. But in Anthony Neilson’s The Tell-Tale Heart transplant, Poe’s gloriously gothic original is served up as a modern-day Christmas turkey.