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The Visit or The Old Lady Comes to Call

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Friedrich Durrenmatt adapted Tony Kushner

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The Visit is one of the greatest dramas of the 20th Century and this adaptation is the first to be published in the English language since Maurice Valency's original translation in 1958

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's visionary revenge play is one of the great achievements of modern German-language theatre

And now it has been transported to mid-twentieth-century America by the acclaimed playwright Tony Kushner

It's set in the town of Slurry, New York, where the post-war recession has bitten hard

Enter Claire Zachanassian - improbably beautiful and impenetrably terrifying

Once poor, she's now the world's richest woman and the locals hope her return to her hometown will signal a change in their fortunes

But Claire tells them her promised prosperity will only come at a terrible price

She first demands revenge ...

The murder of a villager who years ago caused her to be expelled in disgrace from the town

This revelatory new adaptation of The Visit opened in the Olivier auditorium of the UK's National Theatre in February 2020

REVIEWS

"'Kushner's language is wonderful a singular take on a European classic" ~ Time Out

"A superb piece of theatre this grotesquely funny study of money and morality has a remorseless, relentless force" ~ Evening Standard

'A whirling, expansive attack on American consumerism full of Kushner's soaring, compelling language, and great speeches about love, sex, money, politics the whole damned thing" ~ WhatsOnStage

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