David Hare’s award-winning play, The Permanent Way, roars to life in a provocative new site-specific staging performed in The Vaults, London’s alternative subterranean venue beneath Waterloo Station.

Revelatory, witty, and moving, The Permanent Way is an astonishing interrogation of the chaos arising from the botched privatisation of Britain’s railways. Told through the first-hand accounts of those involved at every level, from passengers to Civil Service mandarins, this extraordinary verbatim piece asks challenging questions of responsibility and governmental mismanagement. Have we learned anything from recent history?

This is the first London revival of the show since the play’s critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre. It is directed by Alexander Lass, whose recent credits include 46 Beacon (Trafalgar Studios) and No Man’s Land (West End).

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