Mark Ludmon reviews Imperium, the RSC adaptation by Mike Poulton of Robert Harris’s Cicero novels now playing at the Gielgud Theatre.
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Despite its length, Fanny and Alexander never drags under director Max Webster, carrying us along with its alluring combination of drama, comedy and a touch of magic.
Casting has been announced for the stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s classic film Fanny and Alexander at the Old Vic, led by Penelope Wilton. Book Now!
Bean and Coleman don’t put a foot wrong. Briskly plotted, dizzily paced with doors flying shut and open with split-second timing, revealing and concealing the players with all the aplomb of a delicious Deuxieme Empire farce, Young Marx is a racy, gallivanting romp, making the earnest lead a figure of fun.
Not for nothing does the audience rise to its feet at the end of the performance. Because, it knows, it has not met any strangers during the performance. It has met itself.
Hare’s adaptation, the best of the three in the Season, is crisp, charming and comical, thereby magnifying the effect of the more tragic aspects. It’s a markedly short version of the play, and Kent assists the understanding of its contours and colours by interposing interval between Acts 3 and 4. This allows the four central […]
Honesty, as David Hare points out, is the dominating theme of Ivanov. It is also the dominating principle adopted by Jonathan Kent as the guiding light for his revival of Ivanov, now playing at the Chichester Festival Theatre as part of their Young Chekhov season. The performances he elicits from the specially formed repertory company […]