In the three-hander, in a new translation by David Greig, a sexually obsessed woman embarks on a second marriage to a crippled artist who, with his best friend as advisor, seeks to determine what a husband’s proper role should be. Anna Chancellor plays the wife, with Tom Burke as the husband and Owen Teale as his friend.
Critics welcomed the revival with open arms, revelling in Greig’s “mysteriously modern” translation and Rickman’s “white hot” production. A predictable smattering of credit crunch references were interspersed with high praise for the three cast members – Tom Burke’s “beautifully varied” Adolph, Owen Teale’s “masterful” take on the Machiavellian Gustav and Anna Chancellor’s “erotic tour de force” as Tekla. Overall, the raft of four-star notices confirmed “yet another Donmar triumph” under Michael Grandage’s leadership.
- by Theo Bosanquet