The Harry Potter team presents a hyped up state-of-the-family play in The End Of History and it just falls flat on its face.
Carrying on a new series, our editor Lisa Martland has picked out her Top Picks including three musicals: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical at the Ambassadors Theatre (Libby Purves), Fiver at Southwark Playhouse (Emma Clarendon) and The Color Purple at Curve Leicester (No Billington).
What’s so great about Jack Thorne’s play The End of History (as well as his consistently interesting use of stage directions) is that it has made me pause to think but is all wrapped up in this absorbing family comedy.
Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany are the Harry Potter team. They know how not to bore. But they’ve been here before too in a Royal Court state-of-the-nation mood, and they can make pieces like The End of History just as gripping.
In The End of History Thorne shuffles various perspectives within the family, examining their different experiences of the same events from multiple angles, and while these differences drive wedges between them, ultimately and with hope for the future, he explores the ties that keep people together.
David Morrissey and Lesley Sharp will play husband and wife in the world premiere of Jack Thorne’s new play the end of history…, directed by Royal Court Theatre associate director John Tiffany.
The Royal Court Theatre has announced its new season of work, running from February to August 2019, features the premiere of writer Jack Thorne’s new play the end of history… directed by John Tiffany.
The stories that unfold take the audience on an invested, emotional journey of struggling lives in a changing London, and bring people together in a moment of stillness in a world that inevitably moves on. It’s thought-provoking, comforting stuff.
A curious but compelling play, with emotional depth and more than a hint of social commentary – an evening that will stay with you.
Three Off-West End musicals I’ve seen in the past few weeks – well, two musicals and a play with music – have served up slices of modern history to entertaining effect: The End of History (finishing tonight), Privates on Parade and Ordinary Days.