Opens: 04/09/2012 Closes: 20/10/2012 Bristol Old VicFollowing an 18-month renovation, Britain's oldest theatre reopens, appropriately enough, with this ‘heartfelt love letter to theatre'. From the pen of 18th-century master of farce, John O'Keeffe, this will likely hit the buttons that Restoration comedy The Country Wife is currently pushing in Manchester. For more information visit: http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/wildoats.html Buy: http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/eventdetails?webEventId=wildoats Watch:
Whatsonstage.com“What this play lacks is purpose...” There is no question that the theatre looks wonderful and it is a pleasure to have the main house back on the map. What it needed was a big bang rather than jolly jape to welcome it back...
The Observer“Some great performances keep the hotchpotch entertaining...” Two directors appear in the programme for Wild Oats, Mark Rosenblatt and Catherine Alexander (credited with "movement"). The 11 actors appear to have been buffeted between them as they try to deliver plot...
Guardian“Rosenblatt doesn't quite keep control as the confusions multiply...” It always looks good in Ben Stones' simple stage-within-a-stage design, and Alexander's Rover is a warm presence, almost a dashing one. It's such a genial play that it's impossible not to smile...
Financial Times“Updates a Georgian piece and taking it seriously and joyously at once...” The resulting broth tastes better than that description may suggest. The comedy rollicks along yet a poignancy also emerges in the final scene...
The Arts Desk“A perfect fit for the re-opening...” On one level, Wild Oats is a supremely entertaining romp – you will laugh until you cry – but on another, it is a profoundly thought-provoking exploration of what theatre and acting are about...
The Telegraph“The show is rightly upstaged by the wonder induced by its surroundings...” Larks around inventively with the business of acting and which, in its self-aware games of assumed and mistaken identity, has the flavour of an early, prescient experiment in postmodernism...
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