Opens: 06/07/2012 Closes: 25/08/2012 Chichester Festival TheatreDirector Richard Clifford brings us this revival of Bernard Shaw’s witty and insightful commentary on the self-centred wealthy, set on the cusp of World War I. Derek Jacobi stars as Captain Shotover, the eccentric inventor and moral centre of the piece, at whose dinner party a family finds itself at odds over young Ellie’s decision to marry for money over love. For more information visit: http://www.cft.org.uk/heartbreak-house/ Buy: https://bookings.cft.org.uk/selectdate.asp?SID=2691
The Stage“A play that deserves to be seen...” The pointless to-ing and fro-ing is maddening to watch but works well to sum them up - claiming to be ‘of the world’ and ‘truly living’ but in reality doing nothing...
Whatsonstage.com“The power has diluted over the years...” Ultimately this production of a play that Shaw saw as a withering attack on the complacency of the aristocracy is far too soft-centred to have any real impact...
Guardian“Derek Jacobi lends a dullish evening its few moments of distinction...” It is a measure of the production's lack of urgency that Shotover's climactic diatribe against a narcoleptic nation heading inexorably to the rocks here induces no thrill of recognition...
The Telegraph“More olden than golden...” You can almost feel the effort in Richard Clifford’s revival, which pitches and rolls between stately acting of a sort that gives the comedy a leaden edge and a throwaway insouciance that nearly capsizes the play’s profounder sentiments...
Evening Standard“There are a few nice moments...” But this is a genteel and laboured account of a play that needs to be done with a keener impression of anger and impending apocalypse...
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