Review: Patriots, by Peter Morgan

As I sometimes do, I saw this play recently and decided to read the text later. It was a very good play — and it is a superb text. This is the story of Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky, a man who claimed he “made” Vlaimir Putin — a grey, unimpressive mid-level bureaucrat who later turned on him. Berezovsky’s story is closed linked to those of Roman Abramovich and Alexander Litvinenko, who was murdered by Putin’s spies in London a few years ago. Peter Morgan has sometimes come under fire for a certain lack of accuracy in his historical scripts — particulary with the television series “The Crown”. That does not appear to be the case here. Patriots tells a story that needs to be told, especially now. Highly recommended.