I would concur with the comments of others. This is a slight piece - knowing the plays by Chekhov doesn't add that much to the enjoyment of this play. It doesn't really take things much further than Chekhov and there seems to real point to this play in the sense that there is no urgency or need for this piece of writing. Both actors turn in, as one would expect, v fine performances although, that said, they're not required to do that much. At this price - Paid £30+ for stall seats, you'd be advised to spend your money on some other play. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
21 Oct 02
My three stars are an average - 4 for the two actors and 2 for the overall play.
I know very little about Chekhov and perhaps I lost some of the feeling for the characters.
It is worth seeing for the two performances. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
25 Sep 02
As a newcomer to Chekhov, I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy 'Afterplay', but I think you can follow it and understand the characters and their frailities whether or not you've seen 'Uncle Vanya' or 'The Three Sisters'. John Hurt and Penelope Wilton are wonderful (of course) and the ending is funny and moving. Yes, I share the previous reviewers' concerns about paying upwards of £20 for a 70-minute play - good though it is - but isn't that just typical of West End theatre at the moment? There's great stuff to be had at two of my favourite venues, the Royal Court and the Soho Theatre, for as low as £5 (and even 10p standing at the RC!) and now, we're faced with top West End prices of £40. Unbelievable. Anyway, rant over. Andrew B - USER: Whatsonstage.com
22 Sep 02
A very intimate, and somewhat static, play such as "Afterplay" requires an intimate theatre, and , although the Gielgud is by no means large, it was just not right. At £17.50 a ticket it was a shame to feel so distanced from the actors, both of whose performances were wonderful. Penelope Wilton's Sonya was especially touching and honest. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
20 Sep 02
I don't want to sound like a Neanderthal but I don't know the Checkov plays and so probably only squeezed half of the possible enjoyment out of this play. John Hurt was great (always a pleasure) and Penelope Wilton was excellent. At 70 mins it makes the ticket price quite high but, that said, the seats in the theatre are so uncomfortable, 70 mins is about all my knees could stand. It is worth seeing for Mr Hurt but that is about all. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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