Last April, Gregory Doran’s production – which stars Patrick Stewart and Harriet Walter in the title roles - launched the RSC’s year-long Complete Works Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, where it continued in rep until October 2006. At the Novello, it runs until 17 February 2007.
Opening night critics were captivated by the performances of the two leads as the ageing lovers grasping their last, passionate fling with gusto. Stewart in particular received acclaim as a masterly actor of Shakespeare from several reviewers. Some felt the production sat more comfortably at the RSC’s Stratford home in the more intimate Swan theatre, but all were impressed by Doran’s tight, clear direction driven along by a universally strong company.
- by Caroline Ansdell