Big and Small
Opens: 13/04/2012 Closes: 29/04/2012 Barbican Theatre, LondonCate Blanchett stars in what resembles a Lewis Carroll adventure, given a hearty dose of late-70s postmodernism. Premiered by Blanchett's Sydney theatre company last year, this new adaptation of Botho Strauss's surreal piece is penned by Martin Crimp. For more information visit: http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?ID=12414 Buy: https://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing/performancelist.asp?shoid=33836
Whatsonstage.com“All hail Cate Blanchett...” You can’t really believe that these versatile and likeable Australian actors have all that much in common with downtown Essen or wherever, nor does Martin Crimp’s translation succeed in making the crises and mishaps seem like a play for today...
Guardian“A dazzlingly uninhibited performance...” Blanchett will long be remembered for her moving passage from a figure of bounding, irrepressible energy to one shrouded in silence like a Samuel Beckett character staring into the abyss...
The Arts Desk“Blanchett’s performance has an inspiring quality...” Despite all the virtuosity that Blanchett, Crimp and Andrews bring to the party, the experience of watching the play is one of coming across the occasional oasis of pleasure in an arid landscape...
The Telegraph“A punishing play, but Blanchett is radiant...” In lesser hands this would be a windy bore, but Blanchett’s mesmeric delivery proves spellbinding. What makes the play genuinely moving is the way Blanchett beautifully captures the character’s resilience as she suffers repeated rejections...
The Independent“Blanchett is magnificent throughout...” Establishing a winningly unguarded rapport with the audience, Blanchett manages to create a heroine who is both an open-hearted visionary able to retain a wonder and curiosity about the world...
Evening Standard“Trippy and sometimes baffling...” Cate Blanchett's performance is electrifying but Botho Strauss’s piece, which dates from 1978, is a real oddity, a parade of big gestures and often small effects...
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