Ava: The Secret Conversations (London)
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Ava: The Secret Conversations (London)

Ava: The Secret Conversations (London) London Reviews and Tickets

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Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Refreshing, Great staging

An adaptation of Ava Gardner's autobiography of the same name.

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106 Reviews | 12 Followers
Refreshing, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see great staging and have an interest Ava

Don't see it if You want anything in-depth or are expecting to see great acting. Writing is pretty full

7 Reviews | 0 Followers
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if If you're a devoted fan of Elizabeth McGovern or Ava Gardner then you'd certainly want to "collect" this show.

Don't see it if It's over-produced and awkwardly written. Ms McGovern only really becomes a compelling Ava in the last 20 minutes or so.

Critic Reviews (10)

The London Evening Standard
January 26th, 2022

Will anyone other than over-60s and diehard Downton fans – a Venn diagram that’s almost a circle, surely – care for a lazy portrait of a woman who died 32 years ago, and whose heyday was in the 1950s?
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The Telegraph (UK)
January 26th, 2022

The 90 minute affair ends with much-loved footage of the star dancing in The Barefoot Contessa (1954), seductive moves from yesteryear that McGovern poignantly mimics. A shame the rest of the evening plods.
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The Times (UK)
January 26th, 2022

Elizabeth McGovern’s play about Ava Gardner — in which she also plays the fading star — is based on a book by the late British journalist Peter Evans. You really do need to be a hardcore Gardner fan to enjoy this rambling, boozy string of reminiscences.
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London Theatre
January 27th, 2022

...a glossily presented Wikipedia entry complete with enough visual reminders of Gardner herself to indicate the shortfall in McGovern’s playwriting foray.
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The Independent (UK)
January 26th, 2022

But a sense of real narrative progress needs to come from the story, not the scenery. Ultimately, it feels like a feeble, oddly bitter attempt to capture the lustre of a star who’s already fading from cultural memory.
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January 26th, 2022

As a portrait of a star from a bygone era, Ava: The Secret Conversations is efficient, if occasionally ponderous...As a meditation on celebrity and mortality, it's blithely unoriginal.
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The Stage (UK)
January 26th, 2022

It’s certainly not helped by the fact that both the star and the story are suffocated by a convoluted and thoroughly distracting design concept...McGovern’s debut play may not be perfect, but its dramaturgical issues are only amplified by the staging.
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The Guardian (UK)
January 26th, 2022

But this is still a thoughtful and classy show, which shows a woman who remained resolutely herself (but always kept something back) as the men in her life looked for themselves – and lost themselves – in her dazzling glow.
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