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Theatre

The sweating, dust-glazed saints at the Hampstead Theatre tells us nothing new about the miners’ strike

Plus: the Globe's Julius Caesar has flat batteries

12 July 2014

9:00 AM

12 July 2014

9:00 AM

Wonderland

Hampstead, until 26 July

Julius Caesar

Globe, in rep until 11 October

Hampstead’s new play about the 1984 miners’ strike was nearly defeated by technical glitches. Centre stage in Ed Hall’s production there’s a clanking great iron chute that stubbornly refused to go up and down when ordered. A bit like the miners.

The writer, Beth Steel, is a collier’s daughter and she romanticises the pit workers to the point where they seem like an exotic species of humming bird.

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