Tag Archives: Henrik Ibsen

Rosmersholm

Duke of York’s Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hrs 30mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen May 3, 2019:

© Johan Persson, Hayley Atwell (Rebecca West), Tom Burke (Rosmer), eventually declaring love for each other...

© Johan Persson, Hayley Atwell (Rebecca West), Tom Burke (Rosmer), eventually declaring love for each other…

It’s rather wonderful that fully fledged stage classics can still turn up in the West End without having first started out life in the subsidised sector. Once upon a time, that would have been thanks to Michael Codron. Now Sonia Friedman is the one who still boldly goes where few others dare to follow. In this day and age, that’s no mean achievement. Continue reading

The Wild Duck

Almeida Theatre, London ****
Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 25, 2018:

© Manuel Harlan, Lyndsey Marshal as Gina and Edward Hogg as James Ekdal in happier times, before the truth comes bursting in and breaks them...money and pride beats the best of men and women...

© Manuel Harlan, Lyndsey Marshal as Gina and Edward Hogg as James Ekdal in happier times, before the truth comes bursting in and breaks them…money and pride beats the best of men and women…

Robert Icke is far too clever a theatre magician for it to be accidental. But there are moments when his updated, deconstructed and completely reimagined version of Ibsen’s Wild Duck comes over as a bit of a lecture in keeping with one of the Almeida’s former lives as a lecture theatre for the Islington Literary and Scientific Society. Continue reading