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After opening to sometimes bewildered reviews at the National Theatre in 1978, David Hare’s wildly ambitious play Plenty established itself as a landmark modern classic in its 1982 New York production, which transferred to Broadway with Kate Nelligan playing Susan Traherne.
Counterpointing the experiences of a fiercely intelligent Englishwoman flown into France as a secret agent during the Second World War with her life in the following twenty years, David Hare offers a unique view of post-war history, as well as making a powerful statement about changing values and the collapse of ideals embodied in a single life.
‘The richest, certainly the most resonant experience of my theatrical year.’ Clive Barnes, Sunday Times
‘An explosive theatrical version of a world that was won and lost during and after World War II.’ Frank Rich, New York Times
Plenty was made into a film from a screenplay by David Hare with Meryl Streep, Charles Dance and John Gielgud. Plenty returned to The Public, New York, in October 2016 with Susan Traherne played by Rachel Weisz.
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