The Globe is generally on my radar (though I’m choosy about what Shakespeare I’ll see) but I had never been to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. My friend S recommended this play so I decided it was time to try it out. And what a place it is. Entirely lit by candlelight and a really evocative atmosphere of times gone by.
‘Lions and Tigers’ is a simply stunning play that is entirely worthy of these lovely surroundings. It’s based upon Indian partition and specifically upon what happens when three young Indian men decide to use violence in an attempt to make a point about India’s independence. Naturally – it all goes horribly wrong.
Shubhum Saraf is fantastic in the lead role- his war cry ‘my liberty is death’ nearly moved me to tears.
Overall: an emotional and sensitive handling of a fascinating time in history