The Last of the Haussmans
Opens: 27/07/2012 Closes: 10/10/2012 National Theatre, LondonActor-turned-author Stephen Beresford has struck gold with the cast for his debut as a playwright. This portrayal of a generation suffering from familial and physical collapse has tempted national treasure Julie Walters out of retirement. Veteran Howard Davies directs a lengthy run at the Lyttleton before the National's now customary cinematic broadcast in October. For more information visit: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=69914 Buy: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=69914
Whatsonstage.com“Far less wit and ferocity...” Exposed on the vast Lyttelton stage as a promising debut rather than a seriously accomplished one, making similar points about the 1960s 'me' generation to those in Bartlett’s Love Love Love...
Time Out“A typically handsome production...” But it's pretty thin: the first half is fun but slightly aimless; the second more purposeful, but reliant on some hackneyed revelations...
The Arts Desk“Clichéd and plodding...” For a moment, the ideas blaze and the stage lights up, but then, like a camp fire made of paper, it all dies down again...
Guardian“All the benefits of a meticulous National production...” There's enough here to make you keen to see what Beresford does next, but I still long for a play that does justice to a decade that changed Britain irrevocably for the better...
The Independent“Makes several nods towards Chekhov...” Howard Davies's well-orchestrated production can't, however, disguise the faintly prefabricated feel to many of the play's elements...
Evening Standard“Thoughtful and fresh...” His writing drips with smart lines – and pathos, too. By the end The Last of the Haussmans feels like a tribute to Chekhov, mixing spontaneous humour with despair...
The Telegraph“The ensemble acting is the strongest I have seen in years...” In the context of an all-too-believable family, Beresford presents with humour – and occasional moments of almost unbearable pathos – as honest a picture of “Broken Britain” that I have ever seen...
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