A brilliant piece of theatre is on at Islingtons Almeida. The new theatre is brilliant and so is this new production from the magnificent Trevor Nunn( in my opinion one of the greatest living directer in the world). I thoroughly admired Richardsons performance, and felt her to be even more powerful than her mother, and it is gret to see that Tim Mcinnery can do serious acting as well as comic. The production has a bit of everything power, emotion, even comedy in places. I do not give it a rating of 5 however because although the play is good it is not a masterpiece, but enjoying nonetheless. The new Almeida is amazing and I cant wait to see the next production of Antony Sher's "ID". - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
05 Jun 03
It was very good indeed - a lesson in ensemble acting. A very modern feel about it too despite the obvious period as it is all about love, families, status etc
Loved it. Bravo Almeida. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
04 Jun 03
Saw it last night and was very impressed. A wondefuld and gripping production, Ms Richardson was excellent, but so were the rest of the cast (well maybe not the sailor).
A very good evening (and I enjoyed the music, very right for the production). A wonderful return to Almeida Street! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
03 Jun 03
This was enjoyable to watch but I've seen better productions of Ibsen's plays. Natasha Richardson's performance was excellent. The applause at the end was good but I've felt more enthusiasm on other occasions - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
29 May 03
What a great way to spend bank holiday Monday: glorious weather in sunny Islington, my first glimpse of the refurbished Almeida and my first experience of a WOS outing. I certainly wasn't anticipating the chance to hob-nob with the greats at the interval (Ralph Fiennes, Joanna Lumley... clearly you get all sorts going on WOS outings) - but then I like to pretend airily that I'm left cold by such things. After all, dahling, this IS Islington, where even the dry cleaner boasts at having Cherie Blair as a customer. (How appropriate. 'Wash your dirty linen in public here'...)
And what a splendid production of this piece of late Ibsen - which I confess I didn't previously know. I could hardly fault it: a great set by Rob Howell, stark yet ingenious in its imaginative use of a tilted revolve; meticulous direction by Sir Trev that brought out felicity after felicity in the action, and a clutch of great performances that really marked me. Natasha Richardson has inherited all the Redgrave mannerisms - many of which don't ordinarily appeal to me (did anyone else think Vanessa was dire in The Cherry Orchard?) but which suit this play admirably. She was deliciously overwrought for long spells, and she energised the play. Fine work too from Claudie Blakley, Tim McInnerney and Benedict Cumberbatch (who was good value at the WOS drinks bash afterwards); in fact only Geoffrey Hutchings jarred: he consistently missed the target, I thought, in his thankless comic relief role.
And what a splendid play. I can't believe it's eluded me till now. So multi-layered: it had the same impact on me that Little Eyolf (another late play) had when Adrian Noble did it for the RSC a while back. You come away musing over the fate and future of every key character, and the play's internal connections - explicit and implied - are hugely satisfying.
All that plus the chance to meet Terri, Hannah and David... and to kiss two out of three of them. (Which three? Ah... that'd be telling.)
A fabulous night out. Thanks, Terri. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
28 May 03
Riveting...a splendid company and production with the emotion of the drama seeming all the more intense in the intimate atmosphere of the Almeida - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
28 May 03
The best performance was by Natasha Richardson which made it worth going to see this play. The other person that stood out was Claudie Blakley. I thought John Bowe would have looked the part if he had been made to look older through all the pain that he had been through. I liked the music and the use of the revolving stage, but it was difficult to imagine all the scenes without a more dramatic backdrop. I've never seen this play before and I didn't think it was Ibsen at his best, but at least it had a happy ending. Compared with other plays I've seen here this didn't live up to expectations. I'll give it 3+. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
27 May 03
This is one of the best things I've seen in ages and just proves that if you have a good script good actors and a good director you don't have to hide behind elaborate staging and effects. A good story brilliantly told. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
27 May 03
I went to see this last night with the crowd from Whatsonstage.com and have to say it was utterly brilliant. Natasha Richardson was incredible but so was the rest of the cast. The staging, as ever was superb and being able to star spot Ralph Fiennes and Joanna Lumley in the audience was a good thing too. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
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