It is tempting to think that this revival of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s 2009 play Apologia was mooted simply so that the above line could get the laughs it richly deserves for its prescience. As it is, Jamie Lloyd has fashioned it into the vehicle that has tempted Stockard Channing back into the West End for the first time in 25 years.
I remember Apologia from its first time around, at the Bush Theatre. Then it seemed an extraordinarily acute if honest rebuke to those women of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Stockard Channing and Laura Carmichael star in Jamie Lloyd’s new West End production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s 1999 play Apologia. Here is what critics have been saying about it.
Matriarch Kristin (Stockard Channing) squares off against her sons’ partners over the course of an evening. After Brexit and a contentious general election, Jamie Lloyd’s revival lands at a time of intense relevancy.
The 1960s were “hilarious”, says one young character in this revival, starring Broadway icon Stockard Channing, of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s 2009 family drama at the Trafalgar Studios. How so? “Oh you know, the clothes, the hair, the raging idealism.”
Final casting has been announced for Apologia, which will begin previews on 29th July at Trafalgar Studios. Laura Carmichael will join previously announced Tony and Emmy award winner Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman, Joseph Millson and Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit in a new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s darkly funny and haunting play about family and its secrets, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
No apologies here, as further casting has now been announced for Apologia: Doctor Who and Sense8 star Freema Agyeman, Olivier Award-winner Desmond Barritt and Joseph Millson join Stockard Channing.
Stockard Channing will return to the London stage this summer, to star in a new production of Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell’s acclaimed 2009 drama Apologia, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
At this year’s HighTide Festival, I spoke to playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell and actors Elizabeth McGovern and Ben Miles, who recently starred in the world premiere of Campbell’s latest play Sunset at the Villa Thalia at the National Theatre.
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Early reviews of Simon Godwin’s production were lukewarm, tending to find it a bit wordy, politically declamatory and slow: indeed the first half tends a bit that way. And given the present Greek crisis some wished that it had stretched closer to the present. But now (well bedded in) the play grew on me, offering multiple layers of thought and pinpricks of proper indignation, right through to a sharp final twist of the political knife.
Downton’s Elizabeth McGovern stars in a new play about Greece that is both intelligent and very enjoyable.
Alexi Kaye Campbell’s new play stars Elizabeth McGovern and Ben Miles. It’s currently booking at the National’s Dorfman Theatre until 4 August 2016. But what have critics thought about it?
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