With plastic swords and rubber mezzanine set – complete with safety rails – that wobbled as it lurched from one scene change to another, the only credit to come out of this mess of a musical is the singing.
Not everyone knows who Joan Littlewood was but by the end of Sam Kenyon’s enthralling biographic musical, Miss Littlewood, we’re closer to understanding what drove this maverick director, who was to be known as The Mother of Modern Theatre, to create innovative, controversial agitprop theatre.
The Play About My Dad is a force of nature itself, blowing conventional storytelling out of the window. Poignant and heartbreaking, the hurricane is used as a framing device to tell the story of fathers and their children who are torn apart by words and deeds.
This is a superb and brilliantly performed production of Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ play. If you know the Globe, this Winter’s Tale is a terrific summer show. If you don’t know the venue, then what an introduction.