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Plays for my Brexit & Chilcot mood: The Truth, Faith Healer, The Spoils

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Has anyone else had difficulty getting back into their theatregoing after the results of the EU Referendum? The two – excellent – plays I have managed to see since the UK voted to leave on 23 June, have both, in a strange way, deepened my Brexit despair too. Neither Florian Zeller‘s The Truth nor Faith Healer by […]

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FAITH HEALER – Donmar Warehouse

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A veil of rain surrounds the stage where three narrators will appear, each with their own version of a shared life “shabby, bleak, derelict”. Yet, in Brian Friel’s eloquent profound vision, it is a life as heartshaking and important. Frank Hardy is an itinerant faith healer, huckster and mountebank working the Celtic fringes; the others his robust old-school vaudeville manager Teddy, and his mistress Grace, who ran away with him despite her father’s fulmination about “chicanery”.

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NEWS: Ron Cook joins Stephen Dillane & Gina McKee in Faith Healer at Donmar

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The Donmar Warehouse announces that Ron Cook will complete full casting in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, joining previously announced cast Stephen Dillane and Gina McKee. Faith Healer is directed by Lyndsey Turner, who returns to the Donmar following her acclaimed productions of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Fathers and Sons. Award-winning Designer Es Devlin joins the creative team, her first time designing at the Donmar.

THE HOMECOMING – West End

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It’s fair to say that Pinter is not for the faint hearted of theatre goers. The complexity, controversial and sometimes baffling storylines dealing with sexism, antiquated values, male chauvinism and anger does not make for a necessarily enjoyable evening. An awkward reminder of bygone days is an unusual choice to celebrate its 50th anniversary. However what makes this production is the artistic direction of Jamie Lloyd and a cast of brilliant actors each at the height of their profession.

THE HOMECOMING – West End

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A true theatre masterpiece can survive any directorial mugging. By this definition, Harold Pinter’s 1965 play, The Homecoming, is a robust work of genius. It has to be because, from the very start of this starry 50th anniversary revival, director Jamie Lloyd seems determined to turn it into a lurid mix of cartoon and nostalgia-fest. As the evening begins, the drama’s grubby setting, given a retro look by designer Soutra Gilmour with the addition of a couple of sticks of period furniture, is bathed in bright red light while pounding drums and throbbing bass evoke something like the Swinging Sixties.

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Review: Trelawny Of The Wells (Donmar Warehouse)

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How splendidly the Donmar adapts to every new production: from the blinding pennants of the Spelling Bee school gym to the stark guns-and-gantries of the all-female Julius Caesar and now an authentically lamp-black pickled Victorian music hall with soaring columns, creaking boards and a whiff of oranges and cheap scent in the pit. Rose Trelawny is the darling of […]

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Review: Trelawny Of The Wells (Donmar Warehouse)

In Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

How splendidly the Donmar adapts to every new production: from the blinding pennants of the Spelling Bee school gym to the stark guns-and-gantries of the all-female Julius Caesar and now an authentically lamp-black pickled Victorian music hall with soaring columns, creaking boards and a whiff of oranges and cheap scent in the pit. Rose Trelawny is the darling of […]

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