Ian Rickson directs Tom Burke, Hayley Atwell and Giles Terera in the West End premiere of Duncan Macmillan‘s startling new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s gripping and piercingly relevant work of personal and political passion Rosmersholm. Below is the review of our Agent and joint Company Director, Karen Jeal.
Upon entry to Duke of York’s Theatre, I was immediately struck by the atmosphere. The stage was adorned with shrouded furniture, the walls water damaged and a distinct feeling of gloom permeated the audience. The lighting was designed in such a way, that it seemed as if the vibrant London sun was trying to reach us through boarded windows; I was impressed and already unknowingly sucked into the world of Rosmersholm.
Throughout the play the lighting and styling of the set gave the impression of passing time, without the audience being aware of it. The Supporting Artistes who played the roles of household servants had an unspoken narrative of their own, which was a clever tactic to lift attention from the heavy content of the first few acts.
Once we returned from the intermission, the true depth of emotion and skill of the Lead Artistes became apparent. I gasped along with many as family secrets were revealed, and wept along with Miss. West at her dramatic confession.
I can confidently say that I very much enjoyed the pace, writing, styling and talents of the actors and creative team from start to finish. Definitely a play to watch, and definitely worthy of our 5 star review. I recommend up and coming actors pay close attention to the soft, yet determined nature of Tom Burke’s character, he was artful in his mastery of fluid and natural movements, whilst still maintaining a powerful stage presence.
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All photographs featured are by Johan Persson.