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Salvage at the National

Jennifer Clapp

The time has come for Herzen and the intellegensia to give way for the new revolutionaries, the nihilists.

Once again, the Olivier Theatre provides the magic that brings this play to life, and we are shown the further relationships between Herzen and his friends.

Although equipped with amazing sound, lighting, and a magical set, it is once again the wonderfully talented cast that brings Stoppard's play to life. Stephen Dillane and Douglas Henshall, playing Alexander Herzen and Mikhail Bakunin respectively, offer the maturity of their characters. Dillane portrays Herzen as a man who has allowed his views to change over time as he learns to set his beliefs in accord with the reality of the government. Henshall's Bakunin, although not entirely changed from his self-absorbed ways, does become more deliberate and definite in his approach to revolution, and we see his belief in anarchy emerge.

Salvage, part three in the Coast of Utopia trilogy, offers acceptable closure to the sotries of the Russian revolutionaries Herzen, Bakunin, and their revolutionary circle.

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