Lyttelton Theatre, National
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David Hare returns to the National Theatre to expose the true power behind ‘yes’ as corporate greed led to the current financial crisis and brought the world to its knees.
Hare is a Laurence Olivier Award winning playwright and a leading force in his field, having penned various works for the stage and even produced the scripts to some acclaimed movies. As such, his latest play for the Lyttelton stage of the National Theatre was highly anticipated and was the latest in a line of classic productions. Beginning with “Slag” in 1970, he has continued to impress audiences and critics with a range of plays including “Plenty”, “Racing Demon”, Murmuring Judges” and “The Absence of War”, the latter three as part of a trilogy that appeared after he became the National’s Associate Director in 1984.
In the last decade he has continued to produce unbeatable work, including “My Zinc Bed” at the start of the new Millennium, followed by “The Breath of Life” in 2002, “The Permanent Way” in 2004, “Stuff Happens” in 2004, “The Vertical Hour” in 2006 and “Gethsemane” in 2008.
In addition to these, his work for the screen has seen him earn a BAFTA Award and various honours at the Berlin Film Festival. His credits here include “The Reader” with Kate Winslett (2008) and “My Zinc Bed” (2008).
With “The Power of Yes”, Hare sought to discover the real issues behind the global financial crisis that has gripped the world in recent years and seen the UK economy go into recession. What began as a bail out for Northern Rock eventually led to a full-blown crisis, but what was it that led to this and how can we stop this from happening in the future? “The Power of Yes” seeks to highlight the systematic failures that have led to the current climate and will be felt for years to come.
Hare met with leading experts to devise the play, hoping to come up with a fully-informed decision regarding the crisis. Subsequently, he determined that the financial system can only operate when greed is balanced by an equivalent amount of fear. This balance usually keeps people in check and stops them from spiralling down a dark path, but in recent years, greed has far outweighed fear and the result is all around us to see.
With a large cast of actors taking to the Lyttelton stage to present this story, “The Power of Yes” continues at the Lyttelton National Theatre where it is booking until April 2010.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 29th September 2009|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 18th April 2010|
|Matinees:||Thursday, Saturday 2.15pm, Sunday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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