Penelope Wilton almost, almost, makes it worth seeing a David Hare play with The Bay at Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond shine in Richard Eyre’s reflective and simmering production of The Bay At Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced a major revival of David Hare’s The Bay at Nice. Richard Eyre directs Martin Hutson, Ophelia Lovibond, David Rintoul and Penelope Wilton. The production opens on 19 March 2019, with previews from 14 March, and runs until 4 May.
The scale of the intimate family drama that Robert Icke has fashioned from Shakespeare’s ever-present tragedy amplifies effectively, and Andrew Scott’s deeply conversational style still resonates strongly.
This production will doubtless have its detractors – it’s not spoken precisely enough, it doesn’t smell of war enough, there are too many watches – but for me, it is as exciting and engaging as Hamlet gets. The best I’ve witnessed out of the 15 I’ve watched.
What a titan was James Bridie aka Osborne Henry Mavor, doctor and writer, co-founder of Glasgow Citz and prime mover in the launch of the Edinburgh Festival as well as a driving force in the establishment of the Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.