An engrossing historical play about a Lawrence trapped in his love/hate relationship with the limelight, tormented by ghosts and haunted by broken promises. August, 1922. The most famous man in England has vanished without a trace: T.E. Lawrence has completely disappeared. But in the idyllic calm of the village of Ayot St Lawrence, on the top floor of the home of Mr and Mrs Bernard Shaw, the 'uncrowned King of Arabia' is hiding - with slabs of homemade carrot cake for comfort. Wearied by his romanticised persona and worldwide fame, disgusted with his country and himself, Lawrence is craving normality. But when you're a brilliant archaeologist, scholar, linguist, writer and diplomat - as well as a legendary desert warrior - how can you ever be normal? And beyond the Shaws' garden wall, nobody cares how he feels: England just wants its hero back. Can he ever return?
HOWARD BRENTON'S plays include #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, 55 Days, Anne Boleyn, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Never So Good, In Extremis, an adaptation of Goethe's Faust, Paul and Berlin Bertie - all published by NHB. Other plays include a version of Danton's Death, The Romans in Britain, Pravda and Weapons of Happiness. Brenton was also one of the core writers on the BBC's BAFTA-winning espionage series Spooks.