Review Round-up: Critics Divided Over Lyric Stars
The epic new play - penned by three leading playwrights (and close friends), David Eldridge, Simon Stephens and Robert Holman - is set on a Northumbrian farm, where a mother gathers her sons together as the universe begins to crumble.
Directed by Lyric artistic director Sean Holmes, the cast features Ann Mitchell, Tanya Moodie, Kirsty Bushell, Nigel Cooke, Lisa Diveney, Harry McEntire, Tom Mothersdale, Pearce Quigley, Andrew Sheridan, Rupert Simonian and Alan Williams.
As well as marking a unique collaboration of three acclaimed dramatists, the press night of A Thousand Stars was significant for another reason - it marked the final review from Benedict Nightingale as of chief critic of The Times, a position he has held since 1990. One of the industry's most respected voices, he has been reviewing since the late 1950s over the course of what the Guardian dubbed recently a “monumental career”.