Sir David Hare to read Via Dolorosa at The Crucible

Playwright David Hare
Playwright David Hare

DAVID Hare season has begun at Sheffield Theatres with a collection of work from one of Britain’s finest playwrights.

Three of Hare’s plays will be staged on each of the Theatre’s three stages along with a host of other events that will take place around the building throughout February and March.

And now David Hare himself with perform as part of the season, reading Via Dolorosa live on The Crucible’s stage.

“Sheffield has been one of the most vibrant and exciting theatre cities in the country my whole theatre-going life,” said Hare, an Olivier Award-winning playwright and Academy Award nominated screenwriter.

“When I ran touring companies, it was high among the gigs you most relished. I can’t think of a greater honour for a living playwright than to have three plays simultaneously performed in its three different theatres.”

In Via Dolorosa, a monologue about the Middle East, Hare poses the question: ‘Must our lives in the West necessarily be shallower than those of people for whom the stakes are so much higher?’

In November of 1997 Hare travelled to Israel and Palestine - landing in Tel Aviv, he visited Ramallah, Jaffa, the Sheri Tikva Israeli settlement, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. It was hoped that Hare would become one of three playwrights – one British, one Israeli and one Palestinian – to write plays about the period of the British Mandate in the 1930s and 1940s, as part of a Royal Court project but upon his return he wrote a monologue about his experiences instead. He performed the resulting piece, Via Dolorosa, the following year at the Royal Court exploring not only the landscapes, ideologies and emotions of the region, but his own values and beliefs and those of Western civilization.

Via Dolorosa makes up part of a series of play readings, workshops and talks that comprise The David Hare Season at Sheffield Theatres. Sheffield Theatres will present a major retrospective of David Hare’s work, including three of his finest plays Racing Demon, Plenty and The Breath of Life – each written twelve years apart. Racing Demon will be directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans and staged in the Crucible Theatre; Thea Sharrock will direct Plenty in the Studio Theatre and Peter Gill will direct The Breath of Life in the Lyceum Theatre.

Tickets for Via Dolorosa are available priced £7.50 in advance and £10.00 on the door. To book, contact Sheffield Theatres Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or visit the website at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.