Theatre of the week: The Pride, Trafalgar Studios, London SW1


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As protests mount over Russia's anti-gay laws, it seems a good time to be reviving Alexi Kaye Campbell's shrewd, deeply affecting 2008 play about the changes in attitude towards homosexuality in Britain.

Shuttling between 1958 and 2008, The Pride juxtaposes scenes that compare and contrast the terrible consequences of repression with the problems that arise from a certain idea of liberation.

Jamie Lloyd's production is beautifully acted; best of all is Hayley Atwell, who plays a feisty, but not supinely supportive friend in the modern scenes and a wife who has to wake up to the bleakness of a marriage based on a lie in the Fifties.

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