Playing Sandwiches / Lady of Letters London Reviews and Tickets
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About the Show
Lucian Msamati and Imelda Staunton perform monologues from Alan Bennett's Talking Heads Series.
Lucian Msamati plays Wilfred, a humble park attendant with a mysterious history. The one man performance is directed by Jeremy Herrin.
Lady of Letters
Award-winning actress, Imelda Staunton plays Miss Ruddock who spends her time preoccupied with writing complaints to various recipients such as her local council, her MP and also the Queen.
In their quiet way, they are showstoppers... Staunton is better on stage than on TV, pared back to pure truthfulness...Lucian Msamati takes on Wilfred, the park keeper whose affable demeanour conceals a terrible secret...'
There are fine performances by Imelda Staunton and Lucian Msamati in this pair of Talking Heads...though they never express any outright guilt, Bennett leaves us feeling an uneasy compassion for them both.'
Under Jonathan Kent’s direction, Staunton finds unexpected depths in a woman who is a bundle of disapproving phrases and furtive glances... The quiet writing, and Msamati’s equally understated performance, win us over.'
...a pitch-perfect Imelda Staunton... Both this monologue ['A Lady of Letters'], and the one that precedes it (Playing Sandwiches, featuring the mighty Lucian Msamati), find Alan Bennett in fearlessly penetrating, ever-darkening mode.'