I found the production to be very interesting and entertaining. Lindsay superb and several very good supporting performances. Great set and imaginative staging. - Don
06 Jan 11
You know a play is poor when you get the tickets for free and are still sorely disappointed. I really wouldn't bother, it's not dramatic enough to be a drama and isn't funny enough to be a comedy. - Jade
18 Nov 10
18 Nov 10
Whether you sign up to the conspiracy theories or not, the
world of the super rich and powerful is intimately linked with
controversy and suspicion. This production engages the
audience and poses the much asked questions about the
interaction between the iconic figures of the time. The
performance is riveting, compelling and above all enjoyable.
It's not meant to be a lesson in history, it is a play, a tragedy !
Those who cannot see the play for what it is, have (pardon
the pun) missed the plot.
Lose yourself in a world of intrigue and glamour, a world
where corruption, greed and avarice have not displaced the
emotions of love and bereavement.
Onassis is a must see production! - Marcus
14 Nov 10
One of the kindest reviews I have ever read but I only saw it at Minerva. The memory of Lindsay doing his Greek dance gives me an involuntary shudder even today. Tosh... - Peter Harlock
25 Oct 10
Very poor, Lindsey plays Ben Harper with a greek accent, badly! This will not run long, I wouldn't bother with it it I was you - Paul
23 Oct 10
Saw it for the second time last night. The first visit was totally spoilt due to mobile phones going off. One person had her phone go off four times in the first and second half, before anything was done about it. Last night was the same. Though it was only twice.
On both occasions I was very disappointed with the play. I felt charactors such as Costa, Demetriou and the rest of th ensemble totally outshone the leads in their acting ability. The son went from a seudo greek to northern accent several times. Jackie Kenny sounded like a poor version of Vivienne Leigh in a Tennesee Williams play and Callas, at times sounded like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulvard. Not so much last night as in the preview.
Robert Lindsey's acting on hearing the death of his son was pure HAM. Deplorable. This must be changed, as soon as possible.
By chance as we were leaving I was able to have a private word with Martin Sherman outside the theatre and learnt a very interesting fact. The cast, especially Callas, had studied the voices of the charactors so well that they sounded exactly like them. Onassis, and Callas spoke several languages, fluently and during a normal conversation their accent would change from moment to moment. I wish I had knwn this beforehand as it would have saved a lot of frustration, due to, what I had presumed to be terrible diction. Maybe the main cast should revert to a more normal voice. I must say I was very pleased that Martin Sherman shared this information with me, or I would have only rated it a 1.
If they now announce for people to turn off the mobiles before the play starts maybe the audience will not loose their concentration and enjoy it more. Fortunately there were many very amusing moments, to break the tedium of a rather boring play. - Martin
20 Oct 10
No idea why the critics hjave been so disparaging about this show - we just loved it. Glamorously slick and entertaining! - Robert Mansell
20 Oct 10
Went tonight, really enjoyed it, the reviews have been far too harsh, there is some brilliant acting and it's a fascinating evening. Audience were laughing, engaged and on their feet clapping and cheering. Well deserved. - Susan
20 Oct 10
A thoroughly entertaining play directed imaginatively and clearly with an amazing performance by Robert Lindsay. Great acting from a practiciouer at the height of his powers. I found Onassis fascinating and recommend it to anyone wanting to watch fine acting. - Carrie
17 Oct 10
We thought RObert Lindsay did well to try and keep up his accent, but were let down by the play itself. We think it would work better in a smaller venue. - Margaret Ensdaile
16 Oct 10
Not what the Novello needs right now: how will they fill it? - Sarah Jacob
16 Oct 10
Not sure why the press were so vitriolic and dismissive of this production. The play is not perfect by long way, but it is thought-provoking, original and quite enjoyable. The company was called back for a third curtain call tonight by a very enthusiastic audience. - Kevin Darnell
15 Oct 10
Loved it, brill production - helen
15 Oct 10
Aggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Hideous! Poor Anna Frnacolini: wasted! - David Burton
15 Oct 10
Robert Lindsay whose acting style I never really like proved me absolutely wrong. He was superb in the preview I have seen. His first scene with Jackie on the yacht combined with this very imaginative set (Olivier Award please !) was one of the most breathtaking I have seen. He totally morphed into a different character. The long stretches of narrative are prone to be critized, particularly the drawing of the relationship between all the characters related to Onassis, but that's what I do before I watch a Shakespeare play and given that many characters are not in the play it provide the audience with the required background knowledge. Can be regarded as cheap but hightly effective solution for the viewer, but I loved it. Particularly, Gawn Grainger charming presentation added to the more humane sides of Onassis.
Does the world need this play, does it bring something new? Probably not, but when it is done with such empathy for the characters and great performers it is an evening well spent. - Elisabeth
14 Oct 10
Excellent production and the leads were superb. I thought Robert Lindsay gave Ari the right style of what he was--a not very nice man trying to be nice--shows that money doesn't buy you class and Robert brings this out well in his acting of the role. Lydia Leonard as Jackie and Anna Fancolini as Callas were both good. A powerful play, well executed and entertaining--would thoroughly recommend. - Joe Spiteri
14 Oct 10
Far too much exposition in the first half and little or no tension, meant this was quite a dull production. Fell between two stools in trying to be a historical recount and also a relationship drama. Achieved neither. Disappointing. - Dunc
13 Oct 10
I was at the third preview, great performances from all the cast especially Denise Black and Diana Quick but this is a long evening, great subject but not engaging enough, shave at least half an hour please, one member of the audience elected to sleep in her car rather than in the auditorium for the second act! But the Minerva deserves a sell out, after the superb Six Characters I don't mind being a little bored by Aristo and I trust Meckler will make this piece work by press night which is centuries away at Sept 25, a little strange... - Hampton
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