A Flea in Her Ear

  • Our critic's rating:
    Sunday, December 19, 2010

    What the popular press had to say...

    "At the heart of Richard Eyre’s nimble production of this 1907 farce by Georges Feydeau is an unerringly precise performance by Tom Hollander, which mixes manic energy with moments of goggling incredulity...Yet the material is just too self-consciously silly."
    Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

    "Fine Revival...a heartlessly funny evening of whirlwind insanity."
    Michael Billington for The Guardian

    "There is only one infallible indicator of a good farce. There should be moments, and preferably many of them, when it becomes physically impossible to stop laughing. And just when you think you have got a grip on yourself, the eruptions should begin again. By this strict and foolproof test Richard Eyre’s revival of Feydeau’s A Flea in her Ear (1907), in a translation by the great John Mortimer, fails, and fails miserably."
    Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

    "Although the frantic pace had its moments, it fails to generate the kind of laughter that leaves your sides aching with pain."
    Paul Callan for The Express

    "Blissfully funny and strongly cast production by Richard Eyre."
    Paul Taylor for The Independent

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