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David Hare’s notebook: The National Theatre belongs to taxpayers, not corporate sponsors

Plus: The forward-thinking elderly, and agreeing with a critic

13 December 2014

9:00 AM

13 December 2014

9:00 AM

The nicest day of the year was spent at Charleston in May. The Sussex farmhouse shared by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell looked splendid in the streaming sunshine. As a dramatist, I’ve idly disparaged bald and white-haired audiences. But as soon as I started speaking at the literary festival, I realised that everyone in panama hats and cardigans was way to the left of me.

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