Posts Tagged ‘ Theatre Royal Bath ’

Relative Values, Theatre Royal, Bath: review

3 stars

‘Try to look as if nothing has happened, and when you analyse it, nothing much has.’ Those words spoken by Patricia Hodge’s character in Trevor Nunn’s production of Noël Coward’s Relative Values are factually accurate. After the manner of comedy, we end more or less where we began, the transitory chaos dispersed and order restored. But when ‘nothing’ is as much fun as this, who could object?…

Read the rest of my review of this production in The Independent here

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The Double, Ustinov Studio, Bath

4 stars

How would you react if someone stole your life? That’s the question posed in Laurence Boswell’s new adaptation of Dostoevsky’s 1846 novella The Double.

Mr Goliadkin is an everyman, working in an everyman government office with everyman ambitions. But one day another Mr Goliadkin turns up. He looks exactly the same as the first character but is bolder, sharper and more ruthless. It’s not long before the first Mr Goliadkin has been usurped from his position as a clerk, banished from society because of scandalous rumours and replaced in the affections of the woman he loves. But the brilliance of Dostoevsky’s story – a brilliance that shines through in Boswell’s adaptation – is that the audience is never sure how much of the story is in the protagonist’s mind…

Read the rest of my review ‘The Double’ on The Independent’s website here

Iphigenia, Ustinov Studio, Bath: review

3 stars

The story of Iphigenia is one of slaughtered innocence and unbearable cruelty. Too unbearable, in fact, for the Greek dramatist Euripides, who decided to change it. According to legend, Iphigenia is sacrificed to the gods by her father, Agamemnon, before he leads the Greek forces into battle at Troy. In Euripides’s version, she is saved by the goddess Diana as the sacrificial knife is about to fall…

Read the rest of my review of ‘Iphigenia’ on The Independent’s website here

The Madness of King George III, Theatre Royal: review

4 stars

“I am here, but I am not all there.” So declares the troubled monarch at the centre of Alan Bennett’s play. In Christopher Luscombe’s production, a wall of empty frames looms over the stage: this royal family is expert in framing itself for public view. But now, someone has forgotten how.

Bennett’s play follows the illness which gripped George III in 1788 (now thought to be porphyria) and the politicking and absurdity which arose as a result. At its centre is David Haig’s irrepressible King. He whizzes from person to person like an over-wound top…

Read the rest of my review of this production on The Independent’s website here

Henry IV Parts I and II, Theatre Royal, Bath: review

4 stars

At the heart of this year’s Peter Hall season in Bath sits a work that the veteran director staged at the RSC almost 50 years ago. And this production, taking place on a versatile set by Simon Higlett, has all of his hallmarks.

It is brilliantly spoken – the language takes centre-stage and every pun, witticism and tongue-twisting insult is given its moment, no matter how much semaphore is required to translate the meaning today…

Read my full review of this production of ‘Henry IV Parts I and II’ on The Independent’s website here