|Booking From:||Monday, 2nd April 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 18th August 2012|
|Evenings:||Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday 7pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 55 minutes (one interval)|
|Age Restriction:||Suitable for ages 12 and over.|
I saw this because of hearing David Suchet interviewed recently and had heard how good he was. He was, indeed, astonishing in this volatile and subtle part. However, all the cast were superb - I looked to see if there was a better score rating than 5. Laurie Metcalf held me spellbound both delivering lines and the awful, transparency of battling emotions in-between, but the real star, for me, was the actor who played Jamie last night. The least obvious of the parts in many ways, he made it painful to watch as he unfurled the fury and torment of a pointless life. I was completely transported and if you want intelligent, demanding theatre that you wake up thinking about the next morning, look no further.
This is a wonderful production of Eugene O'Neill's gruelling drama. It stars the ever capable David Suchet, but the play is stolen by a mesmerizing performance from Laurie Metcalf. Famous for her TV comedy / drama performances, Ms Metcalf manages to break your heart with her stunning bravura performance. The last 6 months has seen the US send Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, and now Laurie Metcalf to our shores - and how privileged I have been to see them all; but the best is - without doubt - Laurie Metcalf. Brilliant.
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