Theatre: “The Revenger’s Tragedy” reviews

Updated as they come.

Theatre World – Colin Snell
“(…) It is all furiously played out by a committed cast; the performances are uniformly excellent with Tomkinson and O’Hare leading the company and yet there is something a little unsatisfactory and unsatisfying about the end product. (…)”

Fight Against Symmetry – personal blog (linked with permission)
‘It is an actor’s stage, a writer’s stage, it is a space where writers, actors and directors can actually unleash their imagination’
“(…) His [Vindice’s] heart now set on revenge he carries the skull of his dead lover with him always, and when his brother (amazingly played by Damian O’Hare) informs him of an oppotunity to work for the Duke’s son, and thus get his revenge, he says ‘Yay’ and disguises himself as the fantastically flamboyant Piato. (…)”

The Messenger – Rick Bowen
Gripping, disgusting and amusing
“(…) He [Vindice] also enjoys a great rapport with Damian O’Hare who plays his brother Hippolito and you actually feel like cheering as a menagerie of unsavoury characters are sent to meet their Maker. (…)”

The Bardathon – Peter Kirwan
“(…) In one memorable moment, he [Vindice] and Damian O’Hare’s solid Hippolito carried on the dead body of the Duke to the strains of The Sun Has Got His Hat On, dancing diabolically with the corpse in an impressive piece of choreography (and of playing dead from Robert Demeger). Increasingly, too, the two brothers took control over the play’s stage management as their power increased, cuing more and more of the effects. In a lovely final moment, John Gillett’s Antonio clicked his fingers for the lights to black out, thereby demonstrating the power shift. (…)”

The Sunday Times – Christopher Hart
The Revenger’s Tragedy is a sow’s ear of a play. Two new productions fail to convince our correspondent otherwise

The Observer – Susannah Clapp
Revenge as a dish served twice

Daily Express – Chris Riches
Revenge is a dish served lukewarm

“(…) Jonathan Keeble oozes malice as Lussurioso and Damian O’Hare, as Vindice’s brother and accomplice, is a perfect, steady foil to Tompkinson’s buzzing, energetic performance. (…)”

UK Theatre Network – Caroline May
The Revenger’s Tragedy

Telegraph – Charles Spencer
The Revenger’s Tragedy: the enduring appeal of nastiness and perversity

The British Theatre Guide – David Chadderton
The Revenger’s Tragedy

The Guardian – Peter Kirwan
Middleton, our other Shakespeare
This is not a review per se (though the Royal Exchange production of “The Revenger’s Tragedy” is mentioned several times), but an interesting article – and even more interesting comments! A theatre and academics involved in WikiPedia tinkering? So the “high arts” are like fandom, only with bigger words, correct spelling and fewer smileys.

WhatsOnStage.com – Calum Kerr
The Revenger’s Tragedy

The Stage – Natalie Anglesey
The Revenger’s Tragedy

Manchester Evening News – Kevin Bourke
Four out of five stars

Damian O’Hare, Stephen Tompkinson and somebody who has a better view on the scene than us.
Photo: Jonathan Keenan

The Independent – Lynne Walker
Murder with a dash of humour sweetens an old tale of revenge

The Guardian – Lyn Gardner
Two stars out of five

“(…) It’s a case of overkill and suggests that Moore doesn’t trust the play’s singular mix of sardonic humour and horror. Damian O’Hare brings colour to Vindice’s brother, Hippolito, and Jonathan Keeble’s bisexual Lussurioso suggests a man brought up to know that he is the cat who deserves whipped cream, but there are some indifferent performances and some bewildering accents. (…)”

The Independent – Paul Taylor
The Revenger’s Tragedy: The bloody classic is given a modern twist

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