Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Gemma Arterton stars in Josie Rourke’s modern take on the spiritual soldier’s rise to fame and tragedy. But what do critics think of the Donmar Warehouse’s production? The Guardian: *** “Although this production is worth seeing for Arterton, Shaw’s play […]
Modern-dress revival of wordy George Bernard Shaw classic is a tour de force for Gemma Arterton.
Through the trial and its aftermath, the production soars, mainly on the strength of Arterton’s superlative performance. A woman alone, literally so in this all-male company.
For fifteen minutes as the audience troops in Gemma Arterton, in chainmail and breastplate, kneels on a dais in rapt contemplation: mouthing prayers, prostrating herself before the Cross, offering up her sword, sober and serious.
The full cast for Josie Rourke’s upcoming Donmar production of Saint Joan, which will run at the theatre from 9 December 2016.
Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announce today a new autumn season of plays in Covent Garden to run alongside the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy at King’s Cross. Kwame Kwei-Armah returns to the London stage to direct the UK premiere of One Night in Miami…, followed by Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, starring Gemma Arterton and directed by Rourke.
Howard Brenton’s new study of desert warrior T E Lawrence is more like a frustrating mirage than a nourishing oasis.