Written in 1975, and spanning the period between 1943 and 1962, Plenty tells of Susan Traherne’s journey from the idealism and intensity of life as a teenage resistance courier in Nazi-occupied France, to a stultifying post-war marriage, disillusion and mental decline. But it is also a scathing, satirical judgement on hopes betrayed and the decline of Britain in the decades after the Second World War.
Full of passion, contrast and cutting humour, Plenty is now regarded as one of Hare’s best plays, and its themes of political chaos, betrayal, moral outrage and a country searching for a new identity could not be more topical. It perfectly complements the company’s January production of For Services Rendered which shines a spotlight on the sobering consequences for Britain following the First World War.
Directed by Alison Paine, Plenty is a tribute to our Patron Sir David Hare, as Next Stage celebrates its 25th Anniversary year.