REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Woods at the Royal Court Theatre

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Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Lucy Morrison’s production now playing at the Royal Court Theatre. 

The Stage★★★ The Woods is arguably worth catching for the production alone, though. Morrison’s staging is wonderfully atmospheric – and Sharp and Mothersdale are both on top form. An overwhelming production of an underwhelming play.”

Broadway World: ★★★ “The acting is outstanding, but the production is let down by the play itself – it can be frustrating at times.”

The Upcoming: ★★ “One of the ways the production’s façade slips is through accents, a Southern twang trickling into the Queen’s English. Yet this raises a sort of unpleasant class dynamic that is never explored, where a seemingly well-to-do English women’s mental hell manifests itself as the poverty of someone in America’s Deep South.”

Time Out: ★★★★ “Morrison’s production is intense, macabre, funny. It’s also – crucially – a tender thing. And it’s stalked by great performers, whose focus didn’t waver, even after an alarm went off and everyone had to be evacuated. As if the play weren’t generating quite enough tension of its own. ”

Exeunt Magazine: “Lucy Morrison’s production is grim, constantly breaking away from any grip you feel you might have on it, which suits Evans’ play well.”

Evening Standard: ★★ “This piece could, potentially, have worked well as a sensory experience in the realm of nightmare, of post-partum psychosis perhaps, but as it stands Lucy Morrison’s production is all too easy to zone out of. A pity.”

The Times: ★★ “Still, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite so slow to give up its secrets as this new play by Robert Alan Evans. More importantly, despite a stunning lead performance by Lesley Sharp, a wonderful woodland design by Naomi Dawson and a thoroughly atmospheric production by Lucy Morrison, I’m not sure I was ever made to care.”

British Theatre Guide: “In the first stages of a lively and deeply unsettling production directed by Lucy Morrison, The Woods appears to be one of those ubiquitous, grim post-apocalyptic dramas that always seem to be popping up in new writing theatres.”

The Woods continues to play at the Royal Court Theatre until 20 October 2018.

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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.