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Theatre

Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem review: too clever by half

Plus: at the Haymarket, Taken by Midnight feeds the Hitler myth, while trying to debunk it

7 February 2015

9:00 AM

7 February 2015

9:00 AM

The Hard Problem

Dorfman, in rep until 27 May

Taken at Midnight

Haymarket, until 14 March

Big event. A new play from Sir Tom. And he tackles one of philosophy’s oldest and crunchiest issues, which varsity thinkers call ‘the hard problem’. How is it that a wrinkled three-pound blancmange sitting at the top of the spinal cord can generate abstract thoughts of almost limitless complexity? In real life Sir Tom is said to have such a flair for philosophical chitchat that he can fire off searching observations about Descartes, mind-body dualism, the nature of immateriality, being and non-being, the ‘cogito’ and so on, until those around him have slithered into a coma.

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