Wanamaker – last seen at the National in the 2003 stage version of His Girl Friday as part of the inaugural Travelex season - plays Serafina Delle Rose, an Italian-American widow in Louisiana who withdraws from the world after her husband's death and expects her daughter to do the same. The revival, the first production in this year’s Travelex Season in the NT Olivier, also stars Darrell D'Silva, Sheila Ballantine, Susannah Fielding, Stephanie Jacob, Rosalind Knight, Andrew Langtree, Maggie McCarthy and Jules Melvin. It runs in rep until 23 June 2007.
First night critics all appreciated Wanamaker’s performance as the grieving widow and enjoyed the production as a tribute to director Steven Pimlott, who died of cancer after just a few days of rehearsals. However, there were some critics who were less keen on the drama itself, finding Williams’ happy ending forced and contrived, and some were unimpressed with the other actors.
- by Caroline Ansdell