A Covid related monologue ...........hmmmmmm. Quite a playwright/actor match: Ralph Fiennes has been confirmed to star in London’s Bridge Theatre production of new David Hare play Beat the Devil with a target opening night in September or October.
A couple reviews - both slight positive (Variety & Time Out London): Fiennes, 15 years Hare’s junior, leads with Hare’s own patient delivery and adds his own trademark controlled physicality. Hytner encourages him to suggest rather than act out the distress, which gives the writing an edge in charting the progress of the virus as it devastates Hare’s body and mind. As the fever breaks, Fiennes gently shows Hare’s joy at being alive, but the writing refrains from turning sentimental. “I don’t have survivor’s guilt,” Hare explains. “I have survivor’s rage.”