REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Red Barn at the National Theatre

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Robert Icke directs this new play by David Hare, starring Mark Strong, Hope Davis and Elizabeth Debicki. It officially opened at the National Theatre on 17 October 2016 and continues until 17 January 2017. Here is what critics have been saying about it. 

The Guardian:  “although it is momentarily impressive, there is something glacially chic about the whole enterprise.”

The Independent: ★ “Icke’s flair at merging a theatrical and a cinematic sensibility is certainly harnessed again here, almost to the point of overkill.”

Evening Standard:  “despite the finely tuned performances the characters don’t entirely justify such scrutiny, and their slowly paced, clinical exchanges don’t achieve the cumulative force they need to.”

Time Out: ★ “The Red Barn will divide audiences, but if you can surrender to its crepuscular ebb and flow and wincing interrogation of masculinity then it will indeed thrill.”

The Stage:  “The production is one of millimetre precision, but, aside from an intense and gripping final scene, it feels weirdly clinical.”

London Theatre.co.uk:  “I was gripped more by the sets than the action.”

Culture Whisper: ★ “The Red Barn is a visually mesmerising experience and demonstrates how cinematic theatre can be.”

The Reviews Hub: ★★ “Suspenseful, thrilling and beautifully paced, The Red Barn is theatre at its most breathtaking.”

Broadway World:  “You admire the show’s bravura skill, but don’t fully inhabit its drama.”

The Upcoming: ★★ “The Red Barn concerns itself with the same questions about man that troubled Shakespeare but its exploration of these themes is strikingly original.”

British Theatre Guide: “it feels rather dated and static on stage so that for long periods of the 110-minute running time very little appears to happen.”

 

 

 

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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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