The Family Reunion
Opened 25 Nov 2008
Written: by T.S. Eliot
Directed: Jeremy Herrin
Cast: Samuel West (Harry) , Penelope Wilton (Agatha) , Anna Carteret (Violet), William Gaunt (Charles), Gemma Jones (Amy), Christopher Benjamin (Dr Warburton), Kevin McMonagle (Downing), Ann Marcuson (Denman), Hattie Morahan (Mary), Paul Shelley (Colonel), Una Stubbs (Ivy), Phil Cole (Winchell)
Produced by: Donmar Warehouse
Synopsis: After eight years absence, Harry returns to the ancestral home to celebrate his mother's birthday. Tormented by a dark secret, he confides in Aunt Agatha only to discover that the family too have their own hidden demons.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "..thrilling, high plane of metaphysical mystery." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Highly charged and grimly atmospheric revival." MADDY COSTA for THE GUARDIAN says, "Beneath myriad obfuscations lies a discernible, if not quite gripping, plot." DOMINIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Thrillingly assured revival...The ensemble playing is uniformly excellent." JOHN THAXTER for THE STAGE says, "Fine production." SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says, "While Eliot’s slow deliberation and dense poetry veer between hypnotic and soporific, Jeremy Herrin’s production is absorbingly atmospheric and acted with such intensity that it conjures a quiet horror."