David Lan’s production of Thomas Otway’s comedy, which runs to 31 March 2007, is set in 1680 and revolves around Beaugard and Courtine who, returning empty-handed to London from wars abroad, hit upon a scheme to improve their fortunes.
Overnight critics were mainly uninspired by a production that is far too long and slow. What’s more, they did not enjoy the performances of the cast, who, for the most part, they said, come across as over the top and unsure of their characterisations. However, some were slightly more convinced by the merits of the text itself, while Ray Fearon and Oliver Ford Davies stood out as making the best they could of their roles.
- by Caroline Ansdell