The Red Barn

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David Hare from George Simenon

Published by Faber & Faber

Large Mixed Cast
David Hare's taut thriller is based on Belgian detective novelist Georges Simenon's novel La Main

Simenon escaped France at the end of World War Two and arrived in the USA to start again

With his American wife, he settled at Shadow Rock Farm in Lakeville and years later, he wrote La Main, a psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse which focuses on one man's struggles with jealousy and depression following the apparent death of a friend

David Hare has taken this novel, and forged it into a startling new play ...

Connecticut, 1969

On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow

Not everyone arrives safely

The action moves back and forth through a four-month period, showing events leading up to that night

As those who make it to a remote New England farmhouse to wait out the blizzard, Donald is sent back out to look for his missing friend Ray

But his personal issues with alcohol addiction and animosity towards Ray cause him to hide out in the barn instead

Will Ray make it back alive?

The Red Barn premiered at the UK's National Theatre in October 2016


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