Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Oslo - Harold Pinter Theatre, London
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When it comes to plays on the other side of the Atlantic one show has been on everyone’s minds: Oslo. The hit production from writer J. T. Rogers won Best Play at the 2017 Tony Awards and this was the culmination of huge success across a spectrum of awards ceremonies. So to call it a hit with audiences and critics would be an understatement.
The story of the secret negotiations ahead of the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993 now makes its way to the West End, where it will continue its success on a world stage. It appears at the venue under the direction of Bartlett Sher and is bound to make a big impression.
With Oslo, audiences are invited to cast their minds back to the early 1990s as secret events unfold which will lay the foundations to world-wide news. We meet two Norwegian diplomats as they engage in negotiations, not to solve a crisis there in Norway, but in the Middle East. These talks would lead to the Oslo Peace Accords and with them that iconic photo of President Bill Clinton as he invites Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat to shake hands.
So this is a play that takes a well known historical event and gives us a glimpse behind the scenes to subjects to which we previously weren’t privy. Considering the popularity of other shows with such historical context and secret conversations – such as the megahit The Audience – this is likely to be a big talking point in the West End this year.
And the presence of Bartlett Sher will only add to this. It means that this is the latest in a long line of plays that the acclaimed director has helmed to great success. He has won various awards and received nominations for numerous further accolades for shows on the other side of the Atlantic. He has also helmed productions in the UK as well, with examples like Two Boys for the English National Opera and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre.
But now he returns to London with Oslo, bringing the events surrounding an historical event to the forefront of audience’s minds. The production runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Saturday 30th September 2017.
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