One of the marks of a classic play is that whenever you see it, you always see a contemporary application. Screw the Looking-Glass, the Oxford student drama company that is now putting on Berthold Brecht’s play The Causasian Chalk Circle at the Oxford Playhouse, could not have known when they planned this production that there would be a new uprising in Eastern Europe, with a violent regime-change and the stomp of soldiers’ boots, but the coincidence is striking. In the play the governor is overthrown but after two years the new ruler is toppled in his turn.
Nicholas Newman‘s insight:
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