James Macdonald’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a breathtaking depiction of human misery peeled back, with four wonderful performances at its core. If I see a better production this year, then I will count myself phenomenally lucky.
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Ellen McDougall’s Othello is a very solid production, with excellent performances and a number of intriguing original motifs. Whilst these did not all work for me, mileage will vary between audience members, and the production’s many strengths and the excellent venue means it is to be recommended.
Mehmet Ergen’s production of Chekhov’s final play is thoughtful and thought-provoking, characterised by a number of terrific performances and a well-judged sense of irresolution. Whether you are a Chekhov neophyte or keen scholar, I am certain that you will be enriched by this production.
Dubailand offers a striking portrayal of the titular city, which does great credit to its writer. It is an enjoyable play, characterised by a good cast and a number of thought-provoking and well worked motifs. Nevertheless, the central narrative feels at times implausible and incomplete, making it also a slightly unsatisfying experience.
The Litterati is an intriguing deconstruction of life on the margins of society, seen through the eyes of its sheltered protagonist. The play occasionally suffers from melodrama, and explaining, rather than demonstrating key elements of the narrative. Nevertheless, this is compensated by otherwise perceptive dialogue and strong performances. It is certainly worth a watch.
We asked our reviewers to take a look at 2016 and to nominate some stand out productions for 2016. Matthew Lunn replied with the following:- 1. Hangmen This pitch-black comedy centred on the life of a celebrated hangman (David Morrissey), and the discovery that one of his victims may have been innocent. Morrissey’s caustic performance, […]
Sean Foley’s production of The Dresser is simply extraordinary. Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith are outstanding as ‘Sir’ and Norman, whilst the supporting cast, and Harriet Thorpe’s ‘Her Ladyship’ in particular, are truly excellent. It is a thought-provoking, funny and poignant piece, which not only does full justice to Sir Ronald Harwood’s wonderful script, but […]
The Libertine is an enjoyable, but rather unfulfilling play. The Earl of Rochester is an intriguing figure, and Dominic Cooper’s is a witty and energetic portrayal. Yet in spite of the high calibre performances and tremendous dialogue – I lost count of the number of phrases I felt “I must look up” – The Libertine […]