The Shrine / Bed Among The Lentils
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The Shrine / Bed Among The Lentils

The Shrine / Bed Among The Lentils London Reviews and Tickets

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Nicholas Hytner directs a double bill of monologues from Alan Bennett's Talking Heads series.

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Critic Reviews (6)

The Telegraph (UK)
September 9th, 2020

Manville registers minute shifts of mood...in a way that carries across the theatre, and reminds you of the art form’s transcendent power...Monica Dolan proves a dab hand at realising her drab Northern character...'
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The London Evening Standard
September 11th, 2020

Kristin Scott Thomas gave a tightly wound, beautifully nuanced performance as Celia... Rochenda Sandall... was riveting as a woman denying her suspicions about her husband’s nocturnal walks...'
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The Guardian (UK)
September 9th, 2020

Manville and Dolan are magnificent...Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues were TV gold during lockdown. Seeing Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville perform them live is even better.'
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WhatsOnStage
September 14th, 2020

...Dolan magnificently finds all the notes of love and regret in another wasted life...But it's Bed Among the Lentils that emerges in as a masterpiece... Lesley Manville is extraordinary...'
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The Times (UK)
September 20th, 2020

Bennett remains bafflingly popular. How formulaic his riffs feel... Bennett has a veneer of sympathy yet there is something cruelly caricatured about his characters. ... The acting is subtly brilliant...'
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The Arts Desk
September 12th, 2020

Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville are peerless in this Alan Bennett double bill...Dolan brings subtly heartbreaking nuances to a script in which any hint of Bennett’s occasional laughs at his characters' expense seems absent.'
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