Centred around the life of a scientist and his three daughters, Earthquakes ambitiously spans from 1968 to 2525 and back again. The subject matter is also large-scale: a love of excess competing against concerns for the future of the environment.
Although Earthquakes in London is being performed in the Cottesloe at the National Theatre, the smallest of its three spaces, the play itself marks a break from Bartlett’s usual minimalist style. Rupert Goold, director of this world premiere production, fully embraces the theme of excess and the play’s stage direction to use “as much set, props and costume as possible”.
The show opened on 4 August 2010 (previews from 28 July) and will run in rep until 22 September. Did Bartlett’s broaching of a new style cause the critics to quake?
- Helena Rampley