Lungs at Old Vic Theatre

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Lungs at Old Vic Theatre

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Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Lungs, starring Matt Smith and Claire Foy.

The Telegraph: ★★★★ Duncan Macmillan’s potent, prescient but not wholly persuasive 2011 two-hander about love, reproduction and the future of the planet, Matthew Warchus has cast – what a coup – acting royalty, literally.”

The Guardian: ★★★★ “The couple’s principles are put to one side when life takes over. Yet the message of this play is not a cynical one. It is simple a picture of flawed love, set in a flawed planet.”

The Arts Desk: ★★★ “There’s a level of skill and intelligence to its fraught, circuitous exchanges that hints at the dazzling writer Macmillan has become. Despite fine performances from its two stars in a neat, deft production by Matthew Warchus, however, it’s a bland, self-regarding affair that feels decidedly longer than its 80-minute duration.”

London Theatre1: ★★★★★ “Refreshingly honest, this raw, fascinating and convincing production is 83 minutes of theatrical excellence of the highest order.”

The Stage: ★★★★ “Even if Macmillan’s play gets a bit irritating in its iterations of liberal, middle-class hand-wringing, there are many, many killer lines and, in its entirety, Lungs is a thrilling meeting of head and heart.”

Culture Whisper: ★★★★ “Matt Smith gives a nuanced performance as the sarky but well-intentioned boyfriend, but for much of the one hour and 20 minute play he is eclipsed by Foy’s intensity.”

Time Out: ★★★★ “Warchus’s revival is broader and more sitcommy than previous, more experimental productions of the play. The humour, in particular, succumbs to a few more cliches, leans a little too much on hoary truisms about the differences between men and women. But it also has more emotional weight.”

London Box Office: ★★★ “Claire Foy gives a bravado performance blasting through everything required of her without pausing for a second. Matt Smith is equally good as the quite, understanding and supportive Man.”

Exeunt Magazine: “One of the biggest things that makes the play and production better than perhaps they should be is the performances. It’s fascinating watching the same pair of actors play a different set of characters, but Lungs isn’t just an extended fan-fest for fans of The Crown.”

Evening Standard: ★★★★ “Foy, though, is required to be volatile, irrational, resplendent, scathingly witty and broken, and she accomplishes it all.”

The Upcoming: ★★★★ “Lungs is the hottest ticket in town, and theatregoers will not be disappointed by the exceptional performances of Foy and Smith, but it is also a well-written and engaging play that has a great deal to say about the times in which we live.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★ “Smith feels like a supporting player to Foy’s performance. She drives Matthew Warchus’ sharp, snappy production with brilliant timing, the entire time teetering on the edge of belly-laugh comedy and heart-wrenching tragedy.”

Lungs continues to play at the Old Vic until the 9 November 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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