REVIEW ROUND-UP: Jude at Hampstead Theatre

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Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Edward Hall’s production of Howard Brenton’s latest play…

The Guardian★★★ “Even if the play is muddled, Hall’s production, performed on a circular, book-lined stage, is a model of visual clarity.”

The Telegraph: ★★ “British theatre got the life-saving galvanising kick it needed after the war when top-tier middle-class playwrights were almost given their marching orders and a rabble of less advantaged, angrier and often working-class voices broke through. More than 60 years after John Osborne’s blast of anti-deferential fresh air with Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court, are the doors slamming in the faces of those from humble backgrounds?”

The Arts Desk: ★★★ “Hall’s production is fluid and clear enough, and Ashley Martin-Davis’ circular set is symbolically surrounded by books. Isabella Nefar plays Judith with a convincing sense of oddness, and her anger can put fire into the action.”

Time Out: ★★ “Isabella Nefar is too skittish in the central role, as is her accent; but then it’d be hard to shine with dialogue as lumpen as this. It’s a damn shame, because Hall’s staging is actually quite stylish.”

The Stage: ★★ “Hall’s production is visually appealing but theatrically flat.”

Broadway World: ★★ “In his writing, Brenton relies on lazy stereotypes and ill-judged jokes that feel very uneasy. It’s a real shame, because there are some interesting performances despite this.”

The Times: ★★ “Howard Brenton’s very loose treatment of Thomas Hardy’s novel is disjointed, complicated and unconvincing.”

Jude continues to play at the Hampstead Theatre until 1 June 2019.

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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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