How much do you know about the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)? Who fought on the side of the Republicans and who for the Nationalists? What happened to those who got caught in the middle, such as Paulino and Carmelo in Jose Sanchis Sinisterra’s Ay, Carmela!?
Polly Findlay’s fluent production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie avoids the fluting exaggerations of some previous versions and tells the story with a fine appreciation of its grounding in the needy emotions of all concerned.
It’s a strange and perplexing fact that the number of plays about or engaging in some way with the Spanish Civil War could still be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Ernest Hemingway’s only play is verbally inert and even this revival can’t disguise the fact that it’s dramatically dead
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