David Hare to Reprise Wall Readings at the Royal Court

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Playwright David Hare and director Stephen Daldry's Wall — the new play that Hare performed and Daldry directed for three performances earlier this month — will return to the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs April 14 (prior to an official opening April 17), for a run to April 25.
Stuff Happens Playwright David Hare.
Stuff Happens Playwright David Hare. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Wall will be presented nightly at 9:30 PM following the scheduled performances of another one-person play, Wallace Shawn's The Fever, with Clare Higgins.

Hare and Daldry previously collaborated on the solo monologues Via Dolorosa and Berlin and the films "The Reader" and "The Hours."

Wall, which follows on from Berlin, is based on Hare's response to the Israel/Palestine separation barrier. According to press materials, while Berlin looks at a place where, 20 years ago, a wall came down, Wall is about a place where, right now, a wall is going up. Hare comments, "I felt after writing Berlin that the natural answer to it was Wall." Since the playwright first visited Israel and the Palestinian territories to write Via Dolorosa, he has regularly been back to the region. Now he offers a 40-minute study of the Israel/Palestine separation barrier which will one day stretch 486 miles and be over four times as long as the Berlin Wall – and in places, twice as high.

In a press statement, Dominic Cooke, artistic director of the Royal Court, commented, "In 1997 David wrote his acclaimed Via Dolorosa, the result of a journey to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. Having regularly returned to the region he has responded with this remarkable investigation into the history and philosophy behind the construction of the separation barrier between these territories. It appears as if our major writers are very moved by the current situation in the Middle East and it's exciting to be able to open up the debate further on the subject with David's powerful and informative piece."

The two pieces have been published together by Faber as Berlin/Wall. To book tickets contact the box office at 020 7565 5000 or visit www.royalcourttheatre.com.

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