Marsha Norman’s 1981 play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on its debut, and remains one of the best plays I have read on the page, long before I saw it acted.
On LoveLondonLoveCulture, Emma Clarendon rounds up the reviews for Hampstead Theatre’s revival of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘Night, Mother, now running until 4 December 2021.
The play is set in rural America, where a mother (Stockard Channing) and daughter Jessie (Rebecca Night), who has epilepsy, live together.
It’s fascinating to see a play that, 35 years after its UK premiere, has the courage of its convictions, a drama that stays true to its characters with no soapy or simplistic conclusion that would betray its purpose.
It is tempting to think that this revival of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s 2009 play Apologia was mooted simply so that the above line could get the laughs it richly deserves for its prescience. As it is, Jamie Lloyd has fashioned it into the vehicle that has tempted Stockard Channing back into the West End for the first time in 25 years.
I remember Apologia from its first time around, at the Bush Theatre. Then it seemed an extraordinarily acute if honest rebuke to those women of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Stockard Channing and Laura Carmichael star in Jamie Lloyd’s new West End production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s 1999 play Apologia. Here is what critics have been saying about it.
Matriarch Kristin (Stockard Channing) squares off against her sons’ partners over the course of an evening. After Brexit and a contentious general election, Jamie Lloyd’s revival lands at a time of intense relevancy.
The 1960s were “hilarious”, says one young character in this revival, starring Broadway icon Stockard Channing, of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s 2009 family drama at the Trafalgar Studios. How so? “Oh you know, the clothes, the hair, the raging idealism.”
This is Alexi Kaye Campbell’s third play, written and first performed in 2009 at the Bush Theatre. It has the opportunity to make the audience question their own pasts and life choices.
There’s more than a touch of Bette Davis in The Anniversary in this Jamie Lloyd-directed version of Alexei Kaye Campbell’s acidulated family drama Apologia, now lightly Americanised to suit the talents of Stockard Channing.
Final casting has been announced for Apologia, which will begin previews on 29th July at Trafalgar Studios. Laura Carmichael will join previously announced Tony and Emmy award winner Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman, Joseph Millson and Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit in a new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s darkly funny and haunting play about family and its secrets, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Elliott & Harper Productions have announced their first West End show in the form of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, a Simon Stephens play which will take up residency at the Wyndham’s from October. Rather excitingly, it stars Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham.
No apologies here, as further casting has now been announced for Apologia: Doctor Who and Sense8 star Freema Agyeman, Olivier Award-winner Desmond Barritt and Joseph Millson join Stockard Channing.
Here’s a guide to some stars who are going to be treading the boards in the West End…
Hollywood and Broadway icon Stockard Channing will return to the London stage this summer, to star in a new production of Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell’s acclaimed drama Apologia, directed by the multi-award winning Jamie Lloyd.
Stockard Channing will return to the London stage this summer, to star in a new production of Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell’s acclaimed 2009 drama Apologia, directed by Jamie Lloyd.