A Dream Play
Opened 15 Feb 2005
Written: by August Strindberg, in a new version by Caryl Churchill
Directed: Katie Mitchell
Cast: Mark Arends, Anastasia Hille, Kristin Hutchinson, Sean Jackson, Charlotte Roach, Dominic Rowan, Justin Salinger, Susie Trayling, Lucy Whybrow, Angus Wright
Synopsis: "Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist." Strindberg in his preface to A Dream Play, 1901 . A dream about a girl from another world who comes to find out why people complain so much.
What the critics had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Miss Mitchell's beautifully articulated images and actions pass in a seamless flow of surprises and atmospherics." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "While I don't feel a masterpiece has been desecrated, the result is technical virtuosity shorn of emotional content......capriciously inventive production." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "The staging is stunning yet simple...the acting is pretty good too." PETER HEPPLE for THE STAGE says, "What is striking...is the fluidity of Katie Mitchell’s production...As for the acting, this is true ensemble playing." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, " In Katie Mitchell's stunning adaptation of Strindberg, you are whirled through 100 minutes of disconcerting theatrical brilliance and at the end feel you have woken from a troubling dream."
Production photo by Stephen Cummiskey