Lawrence After Arabia

Lawrence After Arabia is a 2016 play by the British playwright Howard Brenton, centred on T. E. Lawrence and his 1922 retreat from public life at the home of his friends George Bernard Shaw and his wife Charlotte.[1] Its premiere production ran from 28 April to 4 June 2016 at the Hampstead Theatre in London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Arab Revolt, in which Lawrence played a leading part.[2]

Lawrence After Arabia
First edition Nick Hern Books, 2016
Written byHoward Brenton
Date premiered28 April 2016
Place premieredHampstead Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish


Critical reception

The Independent found it "intriguing, richly researched but underpowered";[3] while The Daily Telegraph noted "A quiet, but highly topical, masterpiece...clever and engaging...the skill of the play is that it doesn’t make you think; it lets you think"; and The Times found it " feels as if we have been given a magic window to see what really happened to Lawrence after Arabia."[4]


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