REVIEW ROUND-UP: Comus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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John Milton’s play is brought to life and the stage again in a new production directed by Lucy Bailey at the Globe’s indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, where it runs until 19 November 2016. But what have critics been saying about it? 

The Guardian: ★ “This is an evening of many different and unexpected virtues.”

The Independent: ★ “Lucy Bailey’s witty and beguiling production manages to get the piece across with a subversive humour that feels perfectly consistent with a deep, not-uncritical respect for it.”

The Telegraph: ★ “The result is highly entertaining and extremely funny, if a little light on meaning.”

The Stage:  “Bold adaptation of a classic text that relies rather too heavily on its contemporary additions.”

The Financial Times:  “though Bailey’s staging is delightfully done, it doesn’t quite overcome the fact that there is very little real dramatic meat here, and that what does exist is rather disturbing.”

The Times: ★ “Rice’s first winter season opens with a rare treat: John Milton’s 1634 masque, in a buoyant adaptation by Patrick Barlow, staged with glittering exuberance by Lucy Bailey.”

Exeunt Magazine: “the show often joyfully lets the language breathe and thrive through this clever staging.”

Broadway World: ★★ “Comus is a debauched and dangerous cross between Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Rice’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which also provides a bold statement of female empowerment.”

Evening Standard:  “A positive feminist message at the end is incongruous after all the earlier tomfoolery, and the exuberant approach to Milton’s writing accentuates rather than diminishes the impression that, despite its sublime moments, it’s an archaic hodgepodge.”

Theatre Cat: ★ “Lucy Bailey’s wickedly funny interpretation of Milton’s moralising work.”

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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