A deeply affecting play, with great one-liners and entertaining writing about the nature of reality.
In 1979 Esme is a middle-aged West End actress, and a successful one, although life is becoming increasingly difficult for those making a living on the stage. Despite the early death of her husband, life is sweet and she can rely on her own self-mocking wit and the devotion of her grown up daughter, Amy.
Esme is sufficiently financially privileged that she can write a cheque for £5,000 for Amy, pregnant by Dominic, a chippy, penniless would-be film-maker who thinks theatre is dead. The play follows the family over 16 years - a period in which a lot can change.
Amy's View mixes love, death and the theatre over the course of 16 years, in a way which is both heady and original. It is another great example of the cultural and political commentary David Hare is known for. Amy's View was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in June 1997, and transferred to the Aldwych Theatre in January 1998.
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