Mike Bartlett: Albion (3794 words)


Albion was first staged at the Almeida, Islington, London on 17th October 2017. The name ‘Albion’ – an ancient poetic name for Britain – signalled that this was a “condition of England” play, and implied it would address what ‘Britain’ might mean, given that following the Brexit referendum of June 2016 the country was intensely debating its historical direction. The first reviews certainly saw the play as a contribution to this process. (See below.)

In terms of stagecraft, Albion is in the genre of well-wrought naturalism, the classic modernist style typified by Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov: four acts, a tight group of characters, primarily close …

Citation: Clark, Robert. "Albion". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 February 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39062, accessed 24 February 2020.]

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