(Charles Spencer’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 2/23.)
When he took over as artistic director of the Royal Court, Dominic Cooke said he wanted to stage plays that reflected the concerns of the largely middle-class audience that attend this theatre in affluent Sloane Square.
He has been true to his word – the theatre has been richer and more ambitious in its choice of plays.
This fine new piece by David Eldridge, however, sees a return to good old-fashioned working-class drama. It also seems to look back to the Royal Court’s landmark productions, in particular the early plays of Arnold Wesker, and its rediscovery of the domestic mining-community dramas of DH Lawrence