Thursday, 4 October 2012
Theatre review: Berenice
Anne-Marie Duff is majestic as Berenice, a woman about to be ditched by a lover who's been advised by Paulinus (Nigel Cooke) to listen to the people's wishes over his own heart. But there's a lot that's problematic with Rourke's production, beginning with Hollinghurst's version of the text. It feels very old-fashioned and cumbersome, and there's little in it that grabs the attention - for one audience member in the stalls, moving the seating up against the back wall provided a handy place to rest his head as he slept.
Berenice by Jean Racine in a version by Alan Hollinghurst is booking until the 24th of November at the Donmar Warehouse.
Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes straight through.
1Campbell Moore's programme bio doesn't mention his appearance in the Olympic opening ceremony. Funny, I'd have thought that was something people would want to show off about.