Transferring from the Theatre Royal Bath, David Suchet stars in this revival of Arthur Miller’s play The Price. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews.
Londonist: ★★★★ “Jonathan Church’s excellent, slow-burning production retains our attention in a long play that tends towards the verbose and over-explanatory, but powerfully shows the price people pay for their key decisions in life.”
Camden New Journal: “Jonathan Church’s production is superbly acted. Brendan Coyle is totally convincing as Victor, with just a sense of what he might have been, Adrian Lukis revealing vulnerability behind the successful facade of Walter and Sara Stewart fizzing with the exasperation that drives Esther Franz to drinking.”
Time Out: ★★★★ “David Suchet is the standout, making Gregory Solomon, the 89-year-old antique appraiser, firstly eccentric, then quietly, watchfully wise.”
The Telegraph:★★★★★ “The production continues to offer unalloyed pleasure in the form of David Suchet’s superlative tragicomic turn as a rumpled but resilient octogenarian furniture-dealer brought in to assess (and bid for) a stash of family heirlooms in the attic of a New York brownstone awaiting demolition.”
British Theatre.com: ★★★★ “However, this is not top tier Miller, the play is over written, the characters reach for their coats to leave too many times before another revelation comes, and the stakes are not as high as they are in, for example, The Crucible or Death of A Salesman, and it lacks that killer punch. Perhaps Jonathan Church’s elegant production could have snipped the text a little. Simon Higlett’s excellent set gives prominent acting space, but piles furniture up so that it threatens to overwhelm and crush the brothers- such is the past.”
Culture Whisper: ★★★ “Strong performances are the pillars upon which this show stands. Suchet’s tragicomic Solomon is a hilarious show-stealer. Unashamedly over the top, Suchet puts on a thick Yiddish accent and revels in dry humour, melodramatically casting hands and eyes heavenward as prices are raised higher.”
Evening Standard: ★★★★ “This is a worthy, weighty addition to the West End scene, anchored by two splendid performances, from the inimitable David Suchet and Brendan Coyle, best known as Mr Bates in Downton Abbey.”
Broadway World: ★★★★ “This is a powerful and emotional production thanks to Church’s direction and the outstanding actors who bring Miller’s characters to life.”
The Reviews Hub: ★★★★ “Brendan Coyle is superb as Victor, outwardly solid and upright, but always questioning the foundations for a code of honour that puts duty and self-sacrifice ahead of personal gain. There is bitterness in Sara Stewart’s Esther, Victor’s wife, as she pushes for a better life than a police officer can give her, perhaps needing to fund her drinking habit. Adrian Lukis’ Walter has an arrogant air, but we see the cracks in his veneer as the truth behind versions of past incidents is challenged.”
The Upcoming: ★★ “This production skates along the surface, leaving more interesting ideas unexplored so that the intangible remains intangible.”
British Theatre Guide: “While David Suchet almost inevitably steals the show with an unforgettable performance in a dream role, he gets superb support from each of the other actors in a psychologically astute play that holds up remarkably well over 60 years after its Broadway première.”
The Price continues to play at Wyndham’s Theatre until 27 April 2018.