Olivier Award winner, Hytner directs a new play about the first ladies of America and France.
Award winning playwright, Nancy Harris' pens a new drama in which the wives of rival presidents in America and France meet in a conference room. The cast includes Olivier Award winners, Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić.
Tale of two presidential wives needs a few more drafts... The great Zoë Wanamaker and Croatian actress Zrinka Cvitešić give terrific, starkly contrasting performances in this rickety tale...'
Both performers deliver immensely polished performances despite the mounting improbabilities of its desperate plotting...but there's very little happening below the surface: an empty play and an empty spectacle.
The idea of dramatising such women... is fruitful. But if the first half is a static, talky piece, Harris’s play takes some unearned and unconvincing swerves that ultimately feel faintly ridiculous.'