The Blue Room

David Hare

The Blue Room is renowned playwright David Hare’s re-setting of Reigen, Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘unprintable’ series of sexual sketches.

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Schnitzler described Reigen, his loose series of sexual sketches, as ‘completely unprintable’. The company that first presented them was prosecuted for obscenity in 1921. It was only when Max Ophuls made his famous film in 1950 that the work became better known as La Ronde. Now David Hare has re-set these circular scenes of love and betrayal in the present day. Using as much imaginative freedom in his turn as Ophuls did fifty years ago, and with just two actors playing all of the parts, Hare has created a fascinating landscape of dream and longing which seems both eternal and bang-up-to-date.


David Hare has written over thirty stage plays and thirty screenplays for film and television. The plays include¬†Plenty,¬†Pravda (with Howard Brenton),¬†The Secret Rapture,¬†Racing Demon,¬†Skylight,¬†Amy’s View,¬†The Blue Room,¬†Via Dolorosa,¬†Stuff Happens,¬†The Absence of War,¬†The Judas Kiss,¬†The Red Barn,¬†The Moderate Soprano,¬†I’m Not Running and¬†Beat the Devil. For cinema, he has written The Hours, The Reader,¬†Damage,¬†Denial,¬†Wetherby and¬†The White Crow among others, while his television…

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