Directed by Rupert Goold, the play tells the story of the Wingfield family, focusing on the son, Tom (Stoppard), who’s torn between the need to break away and his emotional ties with an ageing mother and a frail sister.
Overnight critics enjoyed the performances of the “uniformly excellent” cast, and were particularly impressed with Amanda Hale as Laura, whose hopes of happiness are raised and dashed in tragically quick succession. Although some felt the play took a while to get going, they all said Goold’s production did justice to Williams’ poetic writing, aided by Paul Pyant’s atmospheric lighting.
- by Caroline Ansdell
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