Not the best show in town, I did not fully enjoy this rather creaky staging of this old yarn. Lloyd has not sorted out the moments of contrived melodrama, and with no intervel for 2 hours it was rather painful.Also I suppose Lloyd thought she was being clever in making the dead characters stand up and sit at the back to watch the other characters die, but to this viewer it seemed pretentious.However on saying all this, there was some good acting on show. Mcteer fares well as the doomed Duchess, and I have to mention the actor Will Keen, he is surely a star of the future, I thought he was brilliant in the Stoppard trilogy and he is definetly the best actor in this production. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
02 Apr 03
I finally went last night (Cheri Blair/Booth QC was just in front of me). I had no problem with the lenght with no interval (and usually I like a walk after an hour and a half).
I thought that the production was excellent, the whole cast were great, especially Janet McTeer (who also presented an Olivier this afternoon). Some of the lines are so delicious (especially in a political and power context).
I actually found some (dark) moments funny, and I was not the only one last night. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
14 Feb 03
a chilling and gripping performance:not for the sqeamish! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
07 Feb 03
My first mistake in purchasing my center row ticket was not knowing that there was no intermission. This obviously was a device to keep the attendees in the theater for two hours plus with no way out! I would have led the "let's leave" charge. This play was the worst theater I have experienced in 50 years of theater going. How discouraging to come all the way to London from America for what is always great theater and to be trapped into sitting through this disaster! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
06 Feb 03
It's a tour de force for both Janet McTeer and Will Keen, both of whom are marvellous. There are some colourless performances in one or two other roles but the overall impact is very strong. The production (I liked the reviewer who compared it to Chicago) may be monochrome and spare, but it is also rich and imaginative. Phyllida Lloyd has found some clever devices to overcome the risible aspects of the play - especially Webster's tendency to have his characters make speeches after they've 'died' - but some of her ideas do clunk a bit. The poorest moment is a pitifully weak 'shock' video scene: hardened moviegoers will snigger. On the other hand Mark Henderson's lighting should win awards.
Job - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
06 Feb 03
2 and a quarter hours with no interval and yes, it worked for me. I loved it from start to finish, though my companion found it just okay.
It's updated and the design is very monochrome, very stark...magnificent lighting. Characters watch from steps at the back when not on stage, which gives it a very menacing and complicit feel. I found the direction and design exhilarating and powerful, even though the acting is a little uneven. I love McTeer too...I thought she gave a very good, if not quite great performance. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
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