Atmospheric housing prices…stagnant mobility….rising class tensions. Yes, the rich are getting richer and it’s not just a function of living in San Francisco. A new building (adjacent to a Google bus stop, natch) announced $3100/month leases for a studio apartment. Doesn’t this strike anyone as soooo pre-bubble dot com?
Evidently, London shares many of the same issues. An op-ed piece in the New York Times published earlier this week highlighted that the average house price in London is 20x the average salary. This provided excellent comparative context for an NT screening of David Hare’s Skylight that I saw in the evening. Skylight originally ran on the West End in 1995. Last year’s revival also featured Bill Nighy in the lead role with equally magnificent performances by Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard.
According to an interview with Hare during the screening’s intermission, not a lot has changed, making the play as relevant today as it was then. This is an essential play for Anglophiles as well as anyone with a social conscious who wonders how far things have to go before the eruption of change is inevitable. The play is also a carefully nuanced and tautly realized exploration of the imperfect dynamics of love. Don’t miss it as part of the NT’s Live series.