I found After Troy a most engaging and rewarding play. An outstanding cast delivered a skilfully updated Greek tragedy. I struggle to remember who was who in the Trojan wars, and so I started in sympathy with the Greek soldiers garbling their captives’ names and complaining about their mournful singing. I greatly enjoyed the cheerfully amoral King Mestor. But eventually I was won over by the women’s commitment to their beliefs, both as Trojans and as actresses, and I glimpsed how one might be able to survive in a cruel world, and how complicit we all are in its cruelty. This is a play that allows space for many interpretations and echoes of the modern world, yet it is never didactic and only occasionally crude. It celebrates the virtues of memory and storytelling, and showcases fine writing and acting. I thought it was a tragedy that so few people were there to share it. - John Spouge
26 Mar 11
I wonder if we were watching the same play. Two and a half hours of After Troy passed in what seemed like half the time and the arrival of the interval took me by surprise. My teenage daughter loved it too despite the absence of jolly show tunes or tv celebrities. This play really deserves to be seen for the writing, the acting and the production. It makes you think. - Gisela Marani
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