The False Servant

  • Opened 1 June 2004
    Written: by Pierre Marivaux, in a new version by Martin Crimp
    Directed: Jonathan Kent
    Cast: David Shaw-Parker (Frontin), Adrian Scarborough (Trivelin ), Nancy Carroll (The Chevalier), Anthony Calf (Lelio ), David Collings (Arlequin), Charlotte Rampling (The Countess),
    Synopsis: Lust and avarice trample on the finer feelings of love in this subversive take on sexual manners and the cruelties of courtship. The man thinks that marriage is simply a matter of money and property. But just how far should the woman go to prove him wrong?

    What the critics had to say.....

    NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A rich pleasure" MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Kent's production is slow to get started, but it wrings every last sexual nuance out of the key encounters." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "A brilliant, cynical scary play that justifies every British prejudice about French sophistication and avarice." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Thrills, chills, and belly laughs – this addictively adult comedy has got the lot." ALSTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES "Adrian Scarborough as the satiric servant Trivelin, brilliant.." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "A deeply satisfying evening."

    External links to full reviews from popular press
    The Guardian
    The Times
    Daily Telegraph
    The Independent

    Production photo by Ivan Kyncl

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