Opens: 27/09/2012 Closes: 24/11/2012 Donmar Warehouse, LondonWe can only assume that literary golden boy Allan Hollingshurst has taken a break from penning his next probable Booker-winning novel to translate Racine's Roman tragedy. The 1670 French play is certainly dense – and not oft-performed. Anyone who doubts Anne Marie Duff's (Shameless) acting credentials should see her earn some serious stripes as the tragic heroine. For more information visit: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/pl147.html Buy: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/berenice/donmar-warehouse/
Evening Standard“Fragile choice of love or duty lacks passion...” The human aspects of the play, which can be lost amid the stately architecture of Rancine's long speeches, come across well. Yet director Josie Rourke's clear, carefully bleak production seems modern in tone without feeling urgent or dynamic...
Guardian“Duff gives us recognisable human emotion...” I was, admittedly, a bit puzzled by Lucy Osborne's design... But one soon adjusts to it, and the evening, as a whole, is quietly compelling. It certainly breathes what Racine called"that majestic sadness which is the whole pleasure of tragedy"...
The Telegraph“It doesn’t exactly grip... ” Even Hollinghurst, whose novels I greatly admire, sometimes struggles here to make Racine sound fresh and vigorous. His English version of Berenice is lucid and sometimes elegant, but I never found myself ravished by the beauty of the language...
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