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01 March 2018 | by Mark Lawson

The world seen through Greene eyes


The world seen through Greene eyes

 

The novels of Graham Greene (1904-1991) have always seemed naturals for dramatic adaptation. Greene often used audience-friendly fictional forms – thriller, romance, spy story – and, himself a prolific playwright and ­screenwriter, instinctively shaped books in the three-act structure (set-up, complication, resolution) favoured by theatre and cinema.

The stage version of Greene’s 1938 novel Brighton Rock that started a tour at the Theatre Royal York last month is at least the book’s sixth major British dramatisation.





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