Whose grief is it any­way?

The Daily Telegraph - Review - - THE CRITICAL LIST - By Do­minic Cavendish


In this por­trait of a fam­ily con­tend­ing with grief and loss, from the pro­lific French au­thor Flo­rian Zeller (The Fa­ther), it isn’t clear who is griev­ing for whom. The sus­tained enigma threat­ens to be sim­ply be­mus­ing, but ac­quires poignancy ow­ing to two in­tensely felt per­for­mances from Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins (pic­tured) as the in­sep­a­ra­ble cou­ple, a writer and his wife. Wyn­d­ham’s The­atre, Lon­don WC2 (0844 482 5120), un­til Dec 1


Kwame Kwei-Armah launches his ten­ure at the Young Vic with an ex­u­ber­ant ren­der­ing of Shake­speare’s gen­der-switch­ing com­edy. This ver­sion, first seen in New York, cuts down the text, throws in songs and moves the ac­tion to Not­ting Hill. Not all of it works, but it’s pro­pelled along with in­fec­tious gai­ety. Young Vic, Lon­don SE1 (020 7922 2922), un­til Nov



The good news is that David Hare, that big beast of Bri­tish the­atre, is back on his home turf: pre­sent­ing an orig­i­nal stage drama about our po­lit­i­cal life at the Na­tional. The bad news is that Neil Arm­field’s ex­pertly di­rected, stylishly de­signed pro­duc­tion – star­ring Sian Brooke as an in­de­pen­dent MP who may or may not run for the Labour Party lead­er­ship – is schematic and un­der­pow­ered. Na­tional’s Lyt­tel­ton The­atre, Lon­don SE1 (020 7452 3000), un­til

Jan 31

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