I like Webster's plays, which I cannot witness on stage very often. So I enjoyed this production. Considering its being a low-budget, minor production, I think it is quite good and actors are competent. However, as Ed Strictland says, the circus world does not seem to be blended well with the classical text. I would also have liked more charisma from the Duchess. - YS
25 Apr 10
“…as Middleton’s Duchess succumbs to the malevolent stratagems of Alex Humes’ unhinged Ferdinand and Andrew Piper’s Machiavellian Cardinal, her plight proves both moving and gripping.” The Stage
“…what can a company do to make this perennial favourite different? The answer, for writer/director Dan Horrigan, is Circus, and it is a successful one. There is a duality about the topsy-turvy theatre of circus - for children, a place of mystery and wonder; for adults, often, evoking an uncanny sense of the grotesque.” British Theatre Guide
24 Apr 10
Witness a masterfully innovative theatre company firing on all cylinders. In this darkly rundown theatrical presentation of the world, the events of Webster's tragic play take on a new resonance and meaning echoing down through the centuries into our own present times. **** Remote Goat
“Vaulting Ambition's production of The Duchess of Malfi with its high quality of acting, mesmerizing acrobatics, circus themed staging and costume design vividly bring to life a four hundred year old play, somersaulting it into the 21st century. “ Extra Extra
24 Apr 10
So bad I left at the interval -only the second time in 50 years of theatre going!
Great idea, great set, atmospheric lighting, but with such a snail's pace, and so flat that it is soporific rather than spine-tingling -which the play was before the circus clowns got at it. - DaveJ
23 Apr 10
Tilly Middletone was great although it was very odd seeing her in the circus costume all evening. But some of the other actors were quite frankly not very good, including one with a weird accent which sounded half Russian half Irish. In general the long speeches by the males were tiresome - there was little character work and much standing around staring and then spouting.
I was bored, honestly. I tried and succeeded in concentrating, but it was a real effort. - alison
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