Tom Stoppard

From the Easter Rising in Dublin to Lenin and Joyce in Zurich, revolution is a gift to the dramatist

Cultural amnesia is very hard to reverse

Despite its intractable subject matter, The Hard Problem is an elegant and ingenious work

Joe Wright’s Karenina is well-scripted but too stagey and his Anna lacks depth

‘It is true that certain faiths, ideologies and cultures make submission the supreme virtue, while the civilisation that emerged from Athens, Rome and Jerusalem has cherished liberty in all its forms’