The observations and insights that Bartlett injects in No Talking have an accumulative effect so that by the end of the play, we see the ‘magnitude’ of the absent conversation.
A treat here in the premiere of Mike Bartlett’s first-ever play, never seen before in a theatre. But something of a qualified treat, because 2005’s Not Talking was written as a radio play and as sumptuously cast as James Hiller’s production is, it’s a drama that never really escapes these origins.
David Horovitch, Gemma Lawrence, Kika Markham and Lawrence Walker will lead the cast of the world stage premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking, directed by James Hillier and playing at London’s Arcola Theatre from 25 April to 2 June 2018.
All the Angels is a fascinating, moving examination of the power of music to inspire, to challenge, and to regenerate souls, as well as an unnerving glance at the strange intimacy between composer and singer engendered by the rehearsal process.
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced casting for All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, written by Nick Drake and directed by Jonathan Munby. The production runs in the Globe’s indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 6 December 2016 to Sunday 12 February 2017, with a press night on 8 December.
Arthur Miller’s titanic All My Sons has been well served in recent years – the late Howard Davies reviving his National Theatre production to stunning effect in 2010 and Michael Buffong illuminating it anew for Talawa Theatre in 2013 – so any new production has big boots to fill.