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Hare Returns from National Exile in 2003???

By • West End
Playwright David Hare has been talking more about his next play and his planned 2003 return to the National Theatre (See The Goss, 13 Aug 2002). Hare's last NT production was Amy's View, which starred Judi Dench and transferred to the West End and Broadway. But that was back in 1997, one of the last projects under then-artistic director Richard Eyre. Speaking in the Daily Mail, Hare revealed some apparent resentment towards present director Trevor Nunn who, he says, has shut him out for the past five years in favour of a 'musical climate'. "I was sent into exile. I worked for 20 years at the National Theatre - and it was my theatre," he said. Amongst Hare's previous triumphs at the NT was the early 1990s trilogy - comprising The Absence of War, Racing Demon and Murmuring Judges, which dissected the modern institutions of politics, Church and law respectively. As luck would have it, Nicholas Hytner, who takes over from Nunn in April, is predisposed to both Hare and his new work "about what life is like under this particular government".

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