The set design and amazing visual effects were awesome ... the plot was moving and interesting. The three storylines kept my mind running and interested. But what the heck was with the blonde's accent?? So not southern American ... it was damn distracting. Overall, see it, its surely entertaining. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
23 Sep 03
Absolutely dire. Walked out at the interview. Badly acted and boring. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
08 Sep 03
A good play with some great central performances from Haig and Glascott. The biggest problem for my was the very odd accent of the "Blonde", which also lead to this loss of some of the dialogue. Still a worthwhile theatre trip. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
03 Sep 03
Rosamund Pike gave me the creeps in the James Bond movie, one of the coldest looking actresses I've ever seen. I suppose they thought she was like Hitchcock's favourite Grace Kelly which is why she got cast but the whole experience of watching her gave me the chills. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
29 Aug 03
Bloody Rubbish,Pike cant act her way out of a paper bag,wasnt bad I suppose at RC prices but at £37.50, Forget it! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
19 Jul 03
Not a bad play but, in my opinion, highly overrated. Johns just doesn't seem to have figured out how to make the two plots coordinate in as witty or revealing a way as the play's structure requires. And from the moment when Nicola gives up her resistance, that relationship descends into obvious cliche. First-rate performances, but I expected more from the script. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
18 Jul 03
What a superb play. I was sore that I missed the original run at the Royal Court, so I was delighted that it came back for a second run.
One of the real strengths of the play is the way that it makes use of Hitchcock's own way of working: we get the McGuffins, the sudden shock, the dramatic revelation. But it's also good to see someone tackle the darker side of Hitchcock - he may have been a great director, but he was a seriously flawed human being (perhaps that should be because he was a flawed human being).
The best part of the evening is the quality of the acting: David Haig is great as the lascivious, double-dealing Alex, there's a superb Hitchcock impersonation from Willian Hootkins, and Rosamund Pike has just the right blend of vulnerability, sensuality and ambition in a difficult role.
The standout performance, however, is Fiona Glascott's Nicola. I'd never heard of this actress before, but she's utterly compelling in a part that requires her to shed her coat of confidence and self-awareness to reveal the sensitive (and damaged) young woman inside.
Praise too for William Dudley's set and video design - bet that's an award-winner at the end of the year. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
29 Jun 03
Shame Whats on Srage were too lazy not to review this great play again as it has changed a lot since it reveiwer saw it and it now only 2hrs 30 mins long and not 3hrs as stated in Hannahs review and only has the 1 interval and many other things have changed. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
26 Jun 03
Excellent. Acting was superb. The three hours just flew. Very clever play. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
24 Jun 03
Saw this at the Royal Court. Even though it doesn't entirely work, you have to admire it's ambition and originality. Hitchcock is very well captured (particularly in profile), there are some great lines and it races along and never lags. Terry Johnson is a great writer and a good director but he should get others to direct his own plays - TWO great minds could probably have produced something very special indeed. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
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