David Hare’s The Secret Rapture Gets London Revival, Nov. 26

News   David Hare’s The Secret Rapture Gets London Revival, Nov. 26 Producer Bill Kenwright revives David Hare’s play The Secret Rapture at London’s Lyric Theatre beginning Nov. 26. The play tells of two ideologically opposed sisters – one a hard-nosed Thatcherite, the other, Isobel, a liberal – who must deal not only with their dead father’s estate, but with their young alcoholic stepmother. Soon Isobel must question the true nature of love and duty.
Melinda Lang, Peter Egan (center), and Jenny Seagrove in The Secret Rapture
Melinda Lang, Peter Egan (center), and Jenny Seagrove in The Secret Rapture Photo by Manuel Harlan

The new production stars Jenny Seagrove, Belinda Lang, Peter Egan, Melanie Gutteridge, Simon Shepherd and Liza Walker. Guy Retallack directs, with designs by Robert Jones and lighting by Oliver Fenwick. was premiered in London in 1988. It was made into a film in 1993, which starred Juliet Stevenson, Joanne Whalley, Robert Stephens and Penelope Wilton, directed by Howard Davies.

This revival of one of Hare’s best-known plays gives a chance to reassess a work that divided the critics on its first appearance. Its New York run famously triggered a bad review from New York Times critics Frank Rich, followed by a protracted argument in print between him and Hare. The playwright is riding high just now, though, a week after his latest, The Permanent Way, opened to very positive reviews on a UK tour.

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