Friday 26 October 2012
Theatre review: 55 Days
Ashley Martin-Davis' designs range from the Second World War to the present day, with a feel of Churchill's war rooms to the set. Only the king himself is fully decked out in seventeenth-century finery, highlighting even further how much of a relic he is compared to the men he's up against.
Howard Davies' production fair rockets along - the first time I checked my watch I was surprised to see we were almost an hour in. And Brenton's play brings life to a period of English history that's surprisingly under-represented on stage. I never studied British History and much of my knowledge of it comes from the theatre, so it was interesting to delve deeper into a subject I only knew the barest facts about. Phill on the other hand is particularly interested in the period and thought the central figures came across well, accurately to how history portrays them, and he particularly liked how Gatiss resisted the temptation to overplay Charles' extremes.
55 Days by Howard Brenton is booking until the 24th of November at Hampstead Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes including interval.