(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/22.)

One can divide theatre, broadly, into two categories: narrative and dramatic. The former is expansive and would include events like Peter Brook's The Mahabharata and the RSC's Nicholas Nickleby and The Canterbury Tales: the latter is distillatory and contains the work of Ibsen, Chekhov and Pinter. But, although my preference is for the latter, the former has a cumulative power as proved by this two-part, six-hour version of the legendary Arabic tales.


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