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In one of Harold Pinter’s most entertaining plays, two ageing writers, Spooner and Hirst, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby.
As they become increasingly inebriated, their conversation turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Watch the trailer >
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November 13, 2016 Sunday at 5:17 pm
Reviewed by Alvina Ruprecht
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The National Theatre of London’s adaptation of Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre that reached us live by satellite recently was the result of a collective effort on the part of all the actors, so we were told during interviews conducted during the intermission. Ultimately, it was Sally Cookson who imposed the final directorial choices, intent on emphasizing the strength of this legendary heroine, who survived çruel treatment at the hands of her “step” family .
The play opens with the birth of little Jane who is passed on to her Aunt upon the death of her uncle and from that point on, much attention is focussed on the aggression and meanness to which she was subjected as a young girl. Madeleine Worrall as Jane Eyre in this early portion of the play purses her lips, squints, tightens her facial muscles and shows us what a tough little creature she is becoming as she swallows the insults, the taunting, and vicious behaviour of her cousins and aunt who toss her off though she were some filthy Cinderella. The fable becomes an adult horror story that allows our heroine to rise out of the emotional rubble and establish her own strong presence as a mature woman.
December 18, 2015 Friday at 1:42 pm