Beat the Devil
Covid-19 seems to be a sort of dirty bomb, thrown into the body to cause havoc.
On the same day that the UK government finally made the first of two decisive interventions that led to a conspicuously late lockdown, David Hare contracted Covid-19. Nobody seemed to know much about it then, and many doctors are not altogether sure they know much more today. Suffering a pageant of apparently random symptoms, Hare recalls the delirium of his illness, which mixed with fear, dream, honest medicine and dishonest politics to create a monologue of furious urgency and power.
Approx 50 mins, no interval
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Ralph Fiennes has enjoyed an extensive career in theatre, film and television as well as producing and directing film. He was last on stage at the National Theatre in Antony and Cleopatra. Fiennes was previously directed by Hytner as Edmund in King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His many other theatre credits include Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus for the Almeida, The Master Builder, God of Carnage and Faith Healer. His many film credits include Schindler’s List, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, The Grand Budapest Hotel and the roles of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films and M in Skyfall and Spectre. He has also directed three feature films – Coriolanus, The Invisible Woman and The White Crow. Fiennes’ forthcoming films include The King’s Man, The Dig, The Forgiven and No Time To Die.
Creative & production
David Hare is one of the UK’s most prolific and acclaimed writers having written extensively for stage, television and film. He is the author of over 30 full length plays, his first, Slag, was produced in 1970. Hare is the winner of multiple international awards including a BAFTA for Licking Hitler, an Olivier award and a Critics’ Circle award for Racing Demon, an Evening Standard Drama award for Pravda and a Tony award for Skylight. He is also a two-time Academy award nominee for The Hours and The Reader and was knighted in 1998.
Nicholas Hytner co-founded the London Theatre Company with Nick Starr. For the Bridge Theatre he has directed Young Marx, Julius Caesar, Allelujah!, Alys, Always, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Two Ladies. Previously he was Director of the National Theatre from 2003 to 2015. His book Balancing Acts is published by Jonathan Cape.
Training Central St Martins.
Theatre includes Julius Caesar at The Bridge; Company at the Gielgud Theatre (Olivier Award for Best Set Design), plus many productions for the National Theatre, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (also West End and Broadway; Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Set Design), People Places and Things (also West End, New York and touring), The Red Barn (Evening Standard Best Design Award), Husbands and Sons (also at Royal Exchange Manchester), The White Guard and A Streetcar Named Desire (Olivier Awards for both). Other recent theatre includes The Wild Duck and Ink (also West End and New York: Evening Standard Best Design Award and Tony nomination) at the Almeida; Made in Dagenham in the West End; If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me at the Young Vic; The Vagina Monologues at the Royal Albert Hall and West End; and the all-female Henry IV and Julius Caesar (also St Ann’s Warehouse, NY) for the Donmar Warehouse.
Opera includes Tosca and the world premiere of André Previn’s Brief Encounter for Houston Grand Opera; and Medea for ENO and Geneva Grand Opera.
Film includes Swansong with John Gielgud (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film).