One of the greatest political plays of the 20th century is on tour across Britain in the coming weeks. If you have the chance to go, don't miss it. The Good Woman of Setzuan was written by the socialist playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1942.
Brecht was a committed socialist who was active in Germany in the 1920s and forced into exile as the Nazis came to power in the 1930s. He is widely recognised as one of the most important and original playwrights of the last century.
The National Theatre's new production of The Good Woman of Setzuan deals with what translator Tanika Gupta describes as 'the question of whether or not it is possible to remain good in a society based on greed'. True to Brecht's own emphasis, this production draws the audience to actively participate and think about the issues raised.
Director Stephen Powell insists the play is about 'the Britain we have inherited and have ourselves created. Thatcher's 'no such thing as society', as well as current political rhetoric, rings loud and clear in this piece.'
The Good Woman of Setzuan is on in:
- Manchester 27 February to 3 March (details 0161 274 0600)
- Warwick 6-10 March (01926 419 555)
- Harrogate 13-17 March (01423 502 116), London 20-22 March (020 7452 3000)
- Norwich 27-31 March (01603 598 598)
- Brecon 3-7 April ( 01874 611 622)
- London again 19-26 April
- Worthing 1-5 May (01903 606 162)
- London again 11-14 May
- Truro 22-26 May (01872 262 466).
Full details on » www.nationaltheatre.org.uk