Anna Christie

  • Our critic's rating:
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    "The real key to this superb production: it strips the play of its melodramatic externals and, through precise evocation of mood, discovers in it a work about the awesome and overpowering force of nature."
    Michael Billington for The Guardian

    "The writing is clumsy at times, but, as so often with O’Neill, the sheer emotional power of the drama sweeps reservations aside. The Donmar does this sometimes creaky play proud, with an atmospheric production by Rob Ashford and a trio of superb central performances from Jude Law, Ruth Wilson and David Hayman."
    Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

    "Another dazzling affirmation of his [Jude law] riveting abilities as an actor."
    Mark Shenton for The Stage

    "Ruth Wilson is raw and luminous in the title role, and there is striking work from David Hayman, while Jude Law, looking far removed from the almost androgynous matinee idol of old, exudes a visceral toughness that may just shape an entirely new career path for him."
    Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

    "Pitch-perfect revival...Suffused literally and symbolically by the sea and compromised by a calculatedly unpersuasive "happy" ending, it's a piece that, in this beautifully acted version, retains an undimmed capacity to shock because of the emotional daring of the twist it gives to the tear-stained convention of the reformed tart with a heart."
    Paul Taylor for The Independent

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