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Theatre

Wasn’t Lawrence of Arabia more annoying than this new play suggests?

Plus: another threadbare drama from Nick Payne, this time about two gobby grans going gaga, at the Donmar Warehouse

14 May 2016

9:00 AM

14 May 2016

9:00 AM

Lawrence After Arabia

Hampstead Theatre, until 4 June

Elegy

Donmar Warehouse, until 18 June

T.E. Lawrence is like the gap-year student from hell. He visits a country full of exotic barbarians and after a busy few months rescuing them from their spiritual frailties, and helping them emulate their Western superiors, he returns home and never stops boring on about it. ‘How much I learned from them,’ he gushes, when what he means is, ‘How much they learned from me.

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