Truman Capote Talk Show

Norwich Playhouse

Norwich Playhouse

After the Oscar-winning film, you might have been forgiven for thinking that you had nothing new to learn about Capote.

Think again. Bob Kingdom's superb biograph-ical sketch takes the form of an after-death talk show and leaves you with the slightly unsettling impression that you've spent 90 minutes with a ghost.

The play, which has seen life off Broadway and in the West End, divides itself into the four ages of celebrity: “Who is Capote?” “Get me Capote!” “Get me somebody like Capote!” and “Who is Capote?”

Each season has its savour.

But it is the details which reveal this perfectionist man: did you know, for example, that his surname was in fact Persons? That he is the posh boy who comes to visit in To Kill a Mocking Bird? Or that Gore Vidal called his death a “good career move”? Kingdom is full of little insights like these, which catch you up and hold you in his spell.

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