The tragedy of our current political farce

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<span>Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian</span>
Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

Charlotte Higgins offers a reasoned and appropriate discussion as to the absence of new written tragedies (In times as troubled as these, can we still believe in tragedy?, 15 January). I have every confidence that playwrights such as David Hare will be plundering the treasure trove of current sociopolitical disasters to produce new masterpieces.

In the interim, in the era of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, is the time not ripe for a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s 1941 play, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui?

Perhaps we need reminding of the real dangers of failing to appreciate that laughing at the buffoons in Act 1 may result in assaults on democracy in subsequent acts when those buffoons come to take power?
Dr Jonathan Punt
Isle of Dogs, London

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