In London: End of a Golden Age?

Americans who like to moan about the decline of U.S. theater and the rise of England's can point for proof to Broadway: no fewer than five of its current plays originated in London.* And more would seem to be on the way: London playgoers now have no fewer than 45 plays and musicals to view, compared with Broadway's 30.

But appearances are deceiving. Accustomed since John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1956) to a seemingly endless blossoming of new theatrical talent, Londoners now are suffering through a period of drought. According to...

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