Ismene Brown

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Reviews (5)
The Arts Desk

Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey's chaste materfamilias, adapted [taped conversations] for this lightly comic two-hander, where she plays the effing diva with an insouciant elegance and sympathy, if more barefoot Countess than contessa. Full Review

The Arts Desk

The Seven Pomegranate Seeds declares its classical antecedents, being, in effect, a declaimed narrative in seven stanzas, delivered by two actors. That’s fine in many ways, given the compelling performance by the brilliant Niamh Cusack and the impressive young Shannon Hayes, and Still’s arresting mise-en-scène. Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
The Arts Desk

for a previous production "Bartlett works these winningly Shakespearean cartoons into a cunning pastiche of a history play, the royals speaking in blank verse, with some splendid exit lines. The 'Spitting Imagery' is kept just enough at bay by the thought in the writing." Full Review

The Arts Desk

Amid the unstinted playing to a fun-starved (and noisily appreciative) audience, there’s hardly a moment to stop and shiver as Tchaikovsky casts a spell...Five stars for packaging, two for contents. Full Review

The Arts Desk

for a previous production "'Toast' is a gloriously madcap blast about men’s insecurities and pomposities…Jokes come thick and fast in a coarse shorthand that is indecently funny…Eleanor Rhode’s effervescent direction and a mesmerising ensemble...The joy of 'Toast' is not just the crisp dialogue and tasty characterising, it’s the cunning with which Bean and Rhode ratchet up the suspense, playing with your expectations of the plot and fears for the individuals." Full Review