We saw a preview of this new play/production, as oft we did at the Cottesloe.
There is a strong OfficialLondonTheatre.co.uk resource on this play/production – click here. It is basically a stage adaptation of Kureshi’s novel about anti-racism and radical Islam.
Tanya Franks was in it, which was one for the NewsRevue alumni “where are they now” department.
I don’t remember much about this play, which is not a great sign. Perhaps my mind was on the Ashes match unfolding at Lord’s that weekend, but more likely, if the reviews are anything to go by, this was not a classic.
- Michael Billington in The Guardian felt that it didn’t do the book justice;
- Paul Callan in The Express felt similarly but more extremely, donning a mere two stars to Billington’s three;
- Lloyd Evans trashed the play and production in The Spectator;
- Philip Fisher in British Theatre Guide joined the clan in feeling that the play was a weak update to a good book.