National Theatre Live: Straight Line Crazy

10/1, 10/9
National Theatre Live: Straight Line Crazy

as part of Theatre From London


Playing in the Rose Theatre
Date Time
Sat, 10/1 11:30
Sun, 10/9 11:30
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Part of the Theatre from London Series: Ralph Fiennes leads the cast in David Hare’s blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever. For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in office through a mix of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created parks, bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors. Faced with resistance by protest groups campaigning for a very different idea of what the city should become, will the weakness of democracy be exposed in the face of his charismatic conviction? 

Captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London, Nicholas Hytner directs this exhilarating new play.

3 hrs.

"[Fiennes is] matched by a blistering turn from Danny Webb, as Moses's boss, New York State Governor Al Smith. It's the kind of cameo for which actors would cheerfully kill." – Daily Mail

"It's stirring, engrossing stuff, smoothly directed by Nicholas Hytner, purring along at pace, and full of thought-provoking observations." – WhatsOnStage

"Webb heats up the stage with delicious danger, giving the impressive Fiennes a run for his money." – Variety