Tag Archives: Old Vic Theatre

No’s Knife

Old Vic Theatre, London (***)

© Manuel Harlan, Lisa Dwan

© Manuel Harlan, Lisa Dwan

There is Beckett, and then there is Beckett. There is the Beckett of Waiting for Godot and there is the Beckett of Not I and Footfalls; the one accessible, the others increasingly abstract. I remember sitting through Endgame at the Aldwych many years ago and wondering, `will this ever end?’ – heresy now for a man revered, honoured and much loved.  Continue reading

The Master Builder

The Old Vic, London (****)

© Manuel Harlan. Sarah Snook (Hilde Wangel) and Ralph Fiennes (Halvard Solness) in The Master Builder, Old Vic, Feb 2016

© Manuel Harlan.
Sarah Snook (Hilde Wangel) and Ralph Fiennes (Halvard Solness) in The Master Builder, Old Vic, Feb 2016

Before seeing this latest revival of Ibsen’s remarkable examination of age, desire, and the sub-conscious, I worried that Ralph Fiennes’s Halvard Solness, the self-taught and `lucky’ master builder might dwarf the rest of the cast and the production. Would the Hilde Wangel be able to hold her own against him? Continue reading

Dr Seuss’s The Lorax

Old Vic Theatre, London (*****)

© Manuel Harlan

© Manuel Harlan

Some shows just hit the ground running and never falter. Four years ago, Max Webster brought a remarkable production of Helen Edmundson’s Anna Karenina to the Arcola with graduates from Birmingham’s School of Acting (see Reviewsgate review). Clearly, we said, he was a name to watch. Well, others evidently took note and here he is at the Old Vic with a list of impressive credits to his name. And now in this first ever stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax, he’s delivered a corker of a Christmas show, for all that its message is a dark one. Continue reading