Set during the climax of the French Revolution, Danton is tormented by his part in the killings of his fellow revolutionaries. His political rival, the driven, ascetic Robespierre, was once his friend. Now one stands for compromise, the other for ideological purity as the guillotine awaits.
The production marks the National Theatre debut for Donmar Warehouse artistic director, Michael Grandage, who brings a rather stark interpretation to the stage of the Olivier. Toby Stephens, most recently seen in The Real Thing at the Old Vic, takes the title role, whilst National Theatre regular Elliot Levey is given a role to sink his teeth into with the "incorruptible" Robespierre.
Did Grandage leave the critics onside or in revolt?
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