Theatre Review: The Red Barn @ The National Theatre
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The Red Barn, a new play written by David Hare, premiered at The National Theatre London this week. Based on the Novel ‘La Main’ by Georges Simenon, The Red Barn follows two couples on their way back from a party, during which they struggle through the snow and not everyone arrives safely. The psychological thriller has elements of mystery and suspense, and explores relationships with others - but more importantly our relationship with ourselves. Upon entering the theatre, you are informed that there will be no re-admittance due to the tense nature of the production. Within the first half, the tension is somewhat limited. Half the time you’re wondering whether this is a murder mystery or just a tale of two disrupted relationships. It is neither. David Hares’ writing slowly builds; it allows the audience to get to know the characters to some level and then everything we think we know about them gets turned on its head in the last half an hour. Although at times the plot can seem slow and uneventful it is hard to fault any of the actors or indeed the staging of the production.
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