My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend London Reviews and Tickets

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About the Show

April De Angelis adapts Elena Ferrante's novel about friendship, violence and change for the stage.

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Critic Reviews (10)

Time Out London
November 27th, 2019

...gloriously widescreen, five-hour, two-part adaptation ...ultimately it’s about two towering performances, one delicate and nuanced, one dense and dark as a neutron star.'
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 27th, 2019

Ultimately, despite some grumbles...this is a production which should delight the books’ many fans and serve as a fine introduction to the richly conceived, unforcedly feminist world of Ferrante.'
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London Theatre
November 27th, 2019

...the action sometimes feels as hurried as the characters...Yet there's also a touching sensitivity to how Niamh Cusack both recalls and narrates their story...'
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The London Evening Standard
November 27th, 2019

Elena Ferrante's story makes a triumphant transition to stage...a richly textured, two-part piece of theatre exploring a complex female friendship... I actually didn’t want this show to end.'
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WhatsOnStage
November 27th, 2019

Director Melly Still and designer Soutra Gilmour stage all this with some flair. This is a production full of lovely, imaginative touches... I admired the fluency of the staging but wondered at its purpose.'
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The Times (UK)
November 27th, 2019

...for all the hours we spend in their company most of the clans and supporting characters never seem much more than ciphers. We do get a flavour of a city that is beguiling and brutal, but that’s not enough.'
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The Stage (UK)
November 27th, 2019

Though tightly written and populated by a large cast of compelling characters, the story’s rapidly shifting focus can leave the production feeling breathless...'
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The Arts Desk
November 27th, 2019

Four complex novels squeezed into a big, bold show with strong performances...Cusack and McCormack...and vibrant company work make the four-plus hours fly.'
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