The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the performing arts. No one knows when audiences will again be able to pack into a theatre to see a show. So what happens to the writers, performers and venues that enrich our lives? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to James Graham, the prolific and hugely successful young British playwright whose work has chronicled our turbulent political times. How much do we care about protecting our culture?
This week's guest is one of the most prolific British playwrights of the last ten years.
Since the premiere of his critically acclaimed This House at the National Theatre in 2012, James Graham's further successes include Privacy and The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and Finding Neverland, a collaboration with Gary Barlow on Broadway.
In 2017, three of his plays were performed in the West End, with the revival of This House joined by Ink and Labour of Love.
Next up is yet another West End transfer, with his new play Quiz – about the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal – transferring from Chichester Festival Theatre to the Noel Coward in March.
INTERVIEW: JAMES GRAHAM. James Graham, playwright of the moment, talks to Dominic Cavendish about his triple whammy of hits, Ink (Almeida, West End), Labour of Love (West End) and Quiz (Chichester, West End) as well as finding time to mull on his career and his imminent response to the Hull City of Culture. Quiz transfers to the […]