In bed with Harold Pin­ter

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

PIN­TER THREE

An in­cred­i­ble cast has been as­sem­bled for the third part in Jamie Lloyd’s ex­haus­tive spree of Harold Pin­ter’s short plays – in­clud­ing Keith Allen, Lee Evans and Meera Syal – but in a sen­sa­tional league apart is Tam­sin Greig (right), firstly as a dream­like fig­ure who has re­treated into a past of gilded

Anais Mitchell’s mu­si­cal treat­ment of the an­cient Greek tale of doomed lovers Or­pheus and Eury­dice is sub­lime in parts, with a won­der­ful bluesy, gospelt­inted score, but suf­fers from

Hot on the heels of Home, I’m Dar­ling, Laura Wade skew­ers the com­fort-zone of “Janeites” in “com­plet­ing” Jane Austen’s un­fin­ished novel of 1805. Wade – back af­ter a post-Posh lull and on a roll – per­sis­tently pays trib­ute to her hero­ine while lib­er­at­ing Austen’s char­ac­ters from hack­neyed ex­pec­ta­tions. She even in­tro­duces her­self on­stage but – in a riotously amus­ing, Pi­ran­del­lian fash­ion – the char­ac­ters re­sist her co­er­cions. Sam West directs. Min­erva, Chich­ester

(01243 781312), un­til Dec 1

THE MAD­NESS OF GE­ORGE III

Mark Gatiss comes into his own as a lead­ing stage ac­tor in Alan Ben­nett’s spell­bind­ing por­trait of a monarch plunged into per­plex­ity and dis­ease. Not­ting­ham Play­house

(0115 941 9419), un­til Nov 24; NT Live screen­ing in cin­e­mas Nov 20

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