In Martin Crimp’s new pared-down version, Juliet Stevenson and Ben Whishaw star as Arkadina and Konstantin respectively, in a cast that also features Hattie Morahan (as Nina), Angus Wright, Mark Bazeley, Sandy McDade and Justin Salinger as well as Michael Gould, Sean Jackson, Liz Kettle (See News, 11 Apr 2006).
The majority of overnight critics thought the Chekhov classic was too scaled down to promote any connection with or sympathy for the characters, and didn’t care for the theoretical treatment of the text. However, one reviewer said Mitchell’s production found “an ardency, an urgency and a clarity that's all too often missing in dustier, more respectful versions.”
- by Caroline Ansdell
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