Tag Archives: Jonathan Kent

The Height of the Storm

Wyndham’s Theatre, London *****
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 9, 2018:

© Hugo Glendinning, Jonathan Pryce as Andre in Anthony Ward's handsome set, contemplating life, last night's storm, and the storm of his life with Amanda Drew as his daughter, Anne, beginning to sort through his many papers...

© Hugo Glendinning, Jonathan Pryce as Andre in Anthony Ward’s handsome set, contemplating life, last night’s storm, and the storm of his life with Amanda Drew as his daughter, Anne, beginning to sort through his many papers…

French playwright, Florian Zeller is definitely the playwright do nos jours. If Pinter at one time could do no wrong in certain eyes and in the autumn of his years, could expect several of his plays to be running somewhere simultaneously, Zeller too now carries a similar halo. After huge UK successes with The Father, The Mother, The Truth and The Lie, now comes The Height of the Storm, once again in the limpid, easy-on-the-ear translation of Christopher Hampton. Continue reading

Young Chekhov (the Birth of a Genius)

Chichester Festival Theatres (**** overall, *** The Seagull)

© Johan Persson

© Johan Persson

How do you like your Chekhov? Do you even like Chekhov? Is he sacrosanct or ripe for parody and rehashing? Lord knows he’s been taken apart over the years, re-constructed (famously the American avant garde Wooster Group with Brace Up!, their deconstructed version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters) and put back together again. Like Shakespeare, debates rage around his texts, none more so than the early play of Platonov (pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable apparently) and Ivanov, the latter his first full length play and typically not a success on its first showing. Continue reading