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National Theatre's new production wins rave reviews

Published: Thursday 13th of November 2008

The first night of the National Theatre's latest production has been very well-received by critics and theatre-goers alike.

David Hare's Gethsemane at the Cottesloe is a satirical critique of the state of British socialism and its relationship with big business, taking inspiration from the Labour government under former prime minister Tony Blair.

The Guardian's theatre critic Michael Billington said that the new play "stands comparison with Hare's very best work", while the Independent's Alice Jones describes Hare as "Britain's shining knight of political theatre".

Not just the home of innovative drama, the National Theatre is also one of London's most popular tourist attractions.

Its Backstage Tour gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look of at one of the world's most highly-regarded theatrical institutions.

Gethsemane is David Hare's fourteenth original work for the theatre, having written his first, Plenty, in 1978.

LondonPass holders can gain free admission to the tour, saving £5 for adults and £4 for children.

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