In Irwin Shaw’s Bury the Dead, written in 1935, six fallen American soldiers stand up in their graves and courteously ask not to be buried.
The heart of Bury The Dead is the army using the loved ones to emotionally manipulate the soldiers to ‘obey orders’ – or at least try to.
First seen at the RSC last winter, Mike Poulton’s adaptation of Robert Harris’ Cicero novels have a suitably epic feel to them and, anchored by an excellent lead performance from Richard McCabe, also have a real thrill factor.
Imperium II: Dictator continues a compelling look at (Roman) politics at the Gielgud Theatre but I do feel obliged to point out just how male-heavy the piece skews.
Two stories of disappointment and loneliness come together in the first UK revival of The Window and Blank Pages, single-act plays by playwright Frank Marcus (perhaps best known for his play The Killing of Sister George). Lovingly directed by the writer’s granddaughter, Rafaella Marcus of Mingled Yarn, the pieces deal with similar themes, and despite being written three years apart, they’re presented in a seamless single production that ultimately suggests they may be connected by more than their subject matter.