Agatha Christie had three, Noel Coward had four and Alan Ayckbourn had five but only a handful of playwrights have had more than two plays running in London at the same time. The latest is Mike Bartlett, whose three shows – Cock at the Ambassador, the 47th at the Old Vic and Scandaltown at the Lyric Hammersmith – have made him the man of the moment in London theatre.
What makes Bartlett’s achievement more remarkable is he writes political plays rather than comedies or thrillers. What makes it almost miraculous is that one of his current plays is a Restoration comedy and another is written in blank verse.
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