Amy's View A Play

David Hare

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Trade Paperback

96 Pages


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The year is 1979. Esme Allen is a well-known West End actress at just the moment when the West End is ceasing to offer actors a regular way of life. The visit of her young daughter, Amy, with a new boyfriend sets in train a series of events which only find their shape sixteen years later.

Amy's View, which mixes love, death, and the theatre in a heady and original way, was sold out at the National Theatre, and transferred to the West End in January 1998.


Praise for Amy's View

"David Hare's masterpiece."Daily Mail

"A diffuse, incisive, funny, moving, difficult, fascinating play . . . A major dramatist has written a strong, rich play."The Times

"Above all else, Amy's View offers the sheer exhilaration of watching a major dramatist writing for the theatre he loves at the very height of his powers."Daily Express

"Amy's View is David Hare's first old-fashioned play: having so eloquently conveyed and criticised the essence of Mrs Thatcher's England he now turns tail. . . Amy's View still captivates and concerns"Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard

"(A) parable about conflictbetween mothers and daughters, high art and pop culture, cozy English traditions and cold New British realities . . . Mr. Hare offers few new twists on the sad old dilemma of family unhappiness, although his writing is so sharp, the dialogue so zingy, that you don't really mind."Amy Gamerman, The Wall Street Journal

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  • David Hare

  • David Hare was born in Sussex, England in 1947. His first play, Slag, was produced in 1970. His other works include Plenty (1978), A Map of the World (1983), and Pravda (1985). A founder of the Portable Theatre and the Joint Stock, he became resident dramatist and literary manager of the Royal Court Theatre, London (1967–71), and at the Nottingham Playhouse (1973). Until recently, Hare served as director of the National Theatre, London. In 1982, Hare founded a film company, Greenpoint Films. He has written several screenplays including Plenty (1985), Weatherby (1985), Strapless (1989), and Damage (1992). Several of his best-known plays, The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Skylight, The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa and Amy's View have been presented on Broadway.