Opened 25 March 2009
Written: by Athol Fugard
Directed: Douglas Hodge
Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Ann Reid
Synopsis: Exhausted with life in the city as a highly skilled engineer, Dimetos escapes to a remote coastal village with his niece and housekeeper in search of a simpler existence. Five years on, a stranger from the metropolis arrives to tempt him back with devastating consequences.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Emotionally fraught revival." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "This haunting, private play has a mixture of raw honesty, beauty and stage poetry about it which, in Douglas Hodge's outstanding production, mark it out as a neglected modern classic...This is a beautifully acted production of great intensity and emotional truth...This is a deep, brave and beautiful play, magnificently performed." MARK SHENTON for THE STAGE says, " It emerges as a lot of philosophical talk, but at least Pryce has the right hangdog charisma to keep one fully engaged." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A play that clearly means more to Mr Fugard than it does to the rest of us, and that exists only at an obscure tangent to reality." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Hodge’s cast kept me more absorbed and less confused than when I saw Paul Scofield as Dimetos aeons ago."
Production photo by Johan Persson