The National Theatre has been under close scrutiny recently because they’re presenting the first season under the new artistic directorship of Rufus Norris who takes over from the much loved Nicholas Hytner.
The first production, directed by new associate Lyndsey Turner, was an unexpected revival of LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, a lesser known work from the acclaimed playwright, Carol Churchill. A friend bought me a ticket so, free of the responsibility to review, we were both able to flee at the interval. Although visually opulent, the first half at least, was so wordy and passionless that it made your heart sink as it grappled with civil war politics. I think the plan was that it was supposed to resonate with today’s political climate. Several prominent critics feel it does so don’t take my word for it but I was easily tempted away by the promise of pizza and a pint.