They say that Racine is almost impossible to stage in English and that certainly seems to be the case in another disappointing production from Josie Rourke. Without the poetry of the original French text we are left with a very prosaic love triangle set in an odd sandpit which is meant to represent an Imperial Roman palace. Anne-Marie Duff is excellent as the tragic Berenice but she has almost nothing to work with as Dominic Rowan and, especially, Stephen Campbell-Moore virtually phone in performances entirely devoid of passion. - David Baxter
02 Nov 12
Anne-Marie Duff is brilliant!!!
She know's how to do drama!!!
I had goosebumps from head to toe and was close to tears. - Anne-Marie Duff Fan
10 Oct 12
I found it a bum numbing tedious waste of a night. The prose does not convey the emotion of the piece and make you care about the characters, the actors try but large parts are just "luvvie emoting". Duff tries to rise above it but fails and you are left wondering why this woman would want anything to do with either man. To me it was the theatre equivalent of bad chick-lit. I give it 2 because the actors tried their best but it really is poor in my opinion. - ukbazza
06 Oct 12
There's a really stupid wobbly set and costuming aparently by Primark (they positively crackle with synthetic fibres, and poor Dom Rowan looks like Kenneth Williams in 'Carry on Cleo') The direction is so 'clever' it totally ignores and reverses Racine's declamatory style so the actors whisper and the weeping men are wetter than water, but despite all of this they rise above it and give superb performances, ALL of them. Anne-Marie Duff especially, she burns with passion, INCANDESCENT....amazing! - coral
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