Online reading: “Pravda” by David Hare and Howard Brenton

… Everywhere people tell lies. In pubs. To each other. To their husbands. To their wives. To the children. To the dying – and thank God they do. No one tells the truth. Why single out newspapers? … They are the universal scapegoat for everyone else’s evasions and inadequacies.

So says Lambert le Roux, main protagonist of Pravda (= truth, in Russian), written in collaboration by Howard Brenton and David Hare. It was premiered at the (London) National Theatre in 1985. The play portrays the unscrupulous purchase, control and destruction of the British press by a wealthy foreign press baron, keen only to make money and to present the world as he sees it. We observe his ruthless progression through the newsrooms of London, and his effect on the many who work for him.

Welcome to the foundry of lies!

The play was called: “a sulphurous and crackling entertainment”  (Observer).

The reading will take place on Sunday 21 March at 11.00, online via Zoom. We shall read Part 1.

How to take part

Tagora members and friends are welcome to join us online, to read or just to listen. For a personal invitation, please e-mail

Future readings

We have initially programmed further readings on the following dates, all at 11.00:

  • Sunday 18 April
  • Sunday 30 May

Plays will be announced in due course. And if you have a proposal for a play, let us know at

Hope to see you soon!