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The Jewish Chronicle - - Arts&entertainment - John nathan

Duchess The­atre, Lon­don WC2

It was go­ing to be Richard Bri­ers and Adrian Scar­bor­ough. Fine ac­tors though they are, it is, I sus­pect, our good for­tune that mark Ry­lance and di­rec­tor Si­mon mcBur­ney have taken on the roles of the chair-bound hamm and the slave clov in Sa­muel Beck­ett’s des­o­late play.

mcBur­ney has sad­dled him­self with a rep­u­ta­tion for de­vis­ing mind-ex­pand­ing shows with a rev­e­la­tory bril­liance. But here the text is the thing and his pro­duc­tion stays loyal to both Beck­ett’s di­a­logue and stage di­rec­tion.

But it is Ry­lance, all airs, graces, who is the marvel here. he in­vests hamm’s cru­elty with a vul­ner­a­bil­ity, his dis­dain for his par­ents with a la­tent love, and his em­brace of soli­tude with a fear of lone­li­ness. ( www.duchessthe­atre.co.uk)

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