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Better Yesterday

University of Oxford Student Season: Hilary Term 2023

Tickets £6

A sketch of two hands reaching across a surface. One hand clutches a glass half full, the other hovers over a broken glass which has spilled.
By Anna Stephen

'I had to check the newspapers to check on my own husband'

Autumn, 1977. Harold and Sylvia, celebrated actors, return home from yet another performance of Macbeth. The explosive events of the night unfold in real time as the couple’s exchange swings from kittenish to cruel, teasing to torturous.

A bitter tragicomedy of two broken people, their feverish marriage and the parasitic public and press, Better Yesterday explores what happens when love becomes self-destructive.