Dorimant (Tom Hardy), who can generally charm any woman in town back to his apartment, can’t persuade Belinda (Hayley Atwell) into his bed until he’s promised to dump Loveit (Nancy Carroll), his current mistress. The play is set in a London obsessed with having it all, and takes a steely look at young people driven by the need to have the latest clothes, the latest gossip and each other’s bodies.
Overnight critics received the play with mixed opinions; while some enjoyed the modern spark added to the tangled plot of seduction and relationships, saying it added to the hilarity of the comedy and made the play feel more relevant today, others felt Hytner should have kept the play in period because the modern comparisons drawn by the director felt “forced.”
- by Caroline Ansdell
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