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Attempts on her Life opened at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs at the Ambassadors on 7 March 1997, directed by Tim Albery. In March 1999, Katie Mitchell directed an Italian production of Attempts on her Life (Tracce di Anne) at the Piccolo Teatro (Milan). The play has been frequently performed in Germany as Angriffe auf Anne. Attempts on her Life, directed by Mitchell, was staged at the Lyttelton, National Theatre, in March 2007. See interview with the playwright in this volume. 19. Blasted, directed by James Macdonald, opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs on 12 January 1995.

In winter 2002, Peter Brook directed Churchill’s Far Away at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), his first-ever show at the Bouffes by a contemporary British playwright. Thomas Ostermeier’s productions of Kane’s Crave (Gier) and Blasted (Zerbombt) were staged at the Schaubühne (Berlin) in April 2000 and March 2005 respectively. In March 2006, the Schaubühne’s Fifth Festival for International New Drama (2005–6) presented all of Kane’s five plays; two of them, Zerbombt and Gier, were directed by Ostermeier.

I valued each statement; I think it should be a dump and I think it should be important. The aesthetic is the work that is on stage, and is examined by that proscenium arch; not the bar, the seats, the restaurant, or anything else. In my day it was a dump; it has since been refurbished and it is no longer a dump – but I would not mind if it was. How do you assess the emergence of ‘in-yer-face’ theatre in the 1990s? 15 These are questions for academics to answer, not artistic directors. But in my view, the theatre is a very immediate art form, second only to journalism.

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