I have seen the play in mid-july. I am french but speak english quite well. I have read the play before coming. I was disapointed to see the feeling of Ibsen not showed as a atmosphering play...
I was at the 16th row and actors were not speaking loudly. Too bad !!! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
13 Sep 03
Lisa Dillon plays the perfect counterpart to Solness - Sue Johnston’s way to play the rigid wife is concentrated in a way I thought she made me stop breathing.
Patrick Stewart shows intensively why Solness became what he is. I can see and feel his impatience, annoyance, hardness and self compassion. He is full of fear and involved into genuine and alleged debt and he has no choice - he had to dare the impossible… Perfect!!
Altogether I saw it seven times at Bath and when it ends on August 17th I will have seen it 23 times. Since it starts in London it has changed into something very remarkable and absolutely worth seeing.
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07 Aug 03
Faultless - after a while I caught myself trying to find anything I would improve (staging, cast, lighting, etc). Zip, nada, not a sausage. A genuine treat to remind yourself what the West End can do when it has a mind to. This production is a credit on the CV of everyone involved. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
01 Jul 03
Saw the play when it first opened in Malvern. A truly fantastic play with a superb cast. Patrick gave a brilliant performance and so did Sue and Lisa.
And not forgetting the rest of the cast. Well done to you all. Can't wait to see it again, this time in London. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
24 Jun 03
I've seen this twice. I caught it on a trip to Bath and decided to see it again in London on the opening night. The great thing about live theatre is how the performances differ from night to night and evolve during the run of a play. I found this play fascinating, it deals with issues of power, regret, ageing and attraction which are timeless. Patrick Stewart has real stage presence and the ability to carry of this difficult role convincingly. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
19 Jun 03
I enjoyed this play. Stewart has the charisma to be convincing in this role, I've seen other actors attempt it and fail.
The night I saw it Lisa Dillon wasn't over the top. The only weak part was the young man in the last act. I could not hear him very well. He swallowed his words.
Worth seeing I'd say. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
18 Jun 03
We saw this production on its opening preview night. We were very impressed by the sets and staging, and the direction was fluid and natural. Stewart and Johnson were great, really strong performances - but the young female actresses had a tendency to overact and shout breathlessly for most of the play. A little less gesturing would go a long way! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
13 Jun 03
We had the pleasure of attending this production in Bath and were rewarded with a long overdue performance of Ibsen's work. Mr. Stewart, Ms. Johnston and cast did a wonderful job conveying the deep under currents that were so much a part of Ibsen's life. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
07 Jun 03
Saw this last night in Guildford prior to its transfer to the West End.
I enjoyed it immensely (well, as much as one can enjoy Ibsen)and thought that Patrick Stewart was brilliant. He's really magnetic... and that voice!!! Sue Johnston was also fab, she puts tons of emotion into her character, who's so terribly unhappy. The sets were my favourite part - thought they were beautifully made and put together.
All in all a top show - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
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