Ralph Fiennes leads the cast in David Hare’s blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.

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Ralph Fiennes leads the cast in David Hare’s blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.

For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in office through a mix of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created parks, bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors.

Faced with resistance by protest groups campaigning for a very different idea of what the city should become, will the weakness of democracy be exposed in the face of his charismatic conviction?

Robert Moses has divided urban planners, politicians and regular New Yorkers for decades - millions of lives are still ordered daily by his singular vision. Did his planning decisions save the city - or destroy it? Should urban planners discover the complexities and unique characteristics that determine how places work and enhance them, instead of writing policy and designing large projects that determine how a city should work?

Ralph Fiennes (Anthony & Cleopatra) leads a cast of 13 in this world premiere of David Hare’s (I’m Not Running, Skylight) new play, directed by Nicholas Hytner (The Book of Dust, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar).

★★★★★  “Dramatically gripping and politically thoughtful.” The Guardian

★★★★  “Ralph Fiennes is firing on all cylinders.” Observer

★★★★ “It's stirring, engrossing stuff… purring along at pace, and full of thought-provoking observations.” Whats On Stage

★★★★  “David Hare’s greatest writing.” Daily Mail


Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes, including an interval.

A screening of the 2022 NT Live broadcast from London’s Bridge Theatre.


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