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The River

Opens: 18/10/2012 Closes: 17/11/2012 Royal Court Theatre, London
There has been some controversy over the decision to stage Jez Butterworth’s new play – which stars Dominic West – in the tiny Theatre Upstairs, after the unprecedented success of Jerusalem. In direct contrast to its epic predecessor however, this is an intimate three-hander with a running time of just one hour, twenty minutes. Tickets go on sale at 9am for each day’s show.
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The Stage“Plainly the best new play in town..” There are distant echoes of Harold Pinter’s Old Times and Conor McPherson’s ghost stories. At various points, The River is magical, bucolic, gothic and even sacramental. As usual, Butterworth is extremely well served by director Ian Rickson...
100%“As taut as a wire and as tense as a thriller...” It’s not as pretentious as it may sound; for the play is finally about feeling, and comprehensibly so, though still very dead-of-night strange and disturbing...
80 %
The Arts Desk“Marks Butterworth out anew as the most singular voice in town...” Through the play flows writing alive to playfulness and nuance, whereby motifs of capture apply both to fly-fishing and within domestic relationships, and to a revelry in language...
80 %
Guardian“ Strange, eerie, tense and, on a single viewing, slightly unfathomable...” N.ot, in the end, as resonant and public a play as Jerusalem. But it adopts a similarly equivocal attitude to its hero, is endlessly mysterious and confirms that Butterworth possesses a singular talent. I only wish that more people could see it...
80 %
The Telegraph“It is teasing, haunting and hushed...” The River may not achieve the knockout impact of Jerusalem, but this subtle, troubling piece is likely to nag away in the memory of all who see it...
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