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‘In a summer of great Irish drama, this feels unsatisfactory by comparison’: ARISTOCRATS – Donmar Warehouse

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There’s little for the cast to improve because the faults in Aristocrats lie with Friel. This production draws-out all of the core themes but cannot overcome the play’s reliance on heavy exposition and failure to satisfactorily resolve its own questions about the past of these characters.

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NEWS: Paul Higgins & James Laurenson join the cast of Brian Friel’s Aristocrats at the Donmar Warehouse

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Paul Higgins and James Laurenson will join the previously announced Elaine Cassidy, David Dawson, David Ganly, Emmet Kirwan, Aisling Loftus, Ciaran McIntyre and Eileen Walsh in the cast for Brian Friel’s play Aristocrats, at the Donmar Warehouse from 2 August to 22 September 2018 (press night is 9 August).

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Closing Review: THE DAZZLE – Found 111

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I’m still not sure what to make of The Dazzle – in the least comfortable fringe theatre newly created in the West End, up 76 steps and with a padlocked lift the first mystery is how Westminster Council licensed it. It starts out as quite a tender portrait of a brother caring for his autistic, introverted concert pianist twin but in Act 2 turns in to Grey Gardens without the jokes, the music or the outré ways to wear a cardigan.

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THE DAZZLE – Found 111

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Andrew Scott, farouche and “méchant”, a man-child oddity with a painfully fastidious musical ear, is the concert pianist Langley Collyer: David Dawson, already haggard with care and half-infected with his brother’s impossible mentality, is Lang’s brother Homer. We will watch their deterioration: not without laughs but ultimately with a disturbing pity.

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NEWS: Joanna Vanderham joins The Dazzle cast, with Andrew Scott and David Dawson

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Michael Grandage Company and Emily Dobbs Productions today announce the full company for their co-production of the UK première of Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle at FOUND111, at the site of the old Central St Martins School of Art on Charing Cross Road. Joining Andrew Scott (Langley) and David Dawson (Homer) in Simon Evans’ production, is Joanna Vanderham as Milly.

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NEWS: Andrew Scott stars in UK premiere of Greenberg’s The Dazzle

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Michael Grandage Company and Emily Dobbs Productions today announce their co-production of the UK première of Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle at the new FOUND111, at the site of the old Central St Martins School of Art on Charing Cross Road. Simon Evans directs Andrew Scott and David Dawson as Langley and Homer. The production opens on 15 December, with previews from 10 December, and runs for a strictly limited season until 30 January 2016, with £10 ticket available for all performances.