Troilus & Cressida
Opened 22 July 2009
Written: by William Shakespeare
Directed: Matthew Dunster
Cast: Matthew Kelly (Pandarus), Laura Pyper (Cressida) , Paul Stocker (Troilus)
Synopsis: Set during the latter years of the Trojan War, Shakespeare fills his ancient tale with savage comedy, great passion and vivid characters.
What the popular press had to say.....
FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "When done well, the piece is riveting. Unfortunately, this lacklustre offering is not done well." GERALD BERKOWITZ for THE STAGE says, "Takes a long time to warm up, with much of the lengthy exposition presented as talky and static speech-making rather than real interaction among the characters." LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "Intelligent production...Dunster's production plays very well on the self-consciousness of men at war." JULIE CARPENTER for THE DAILY EXPRESS says, " Matthew Dunster’s new production on a bare, stony stage...plays up the bawdy comedy which makes for easier viewing while some of the disillusionment falls by the wayside." SAM MARLOW for THE TIMES says, "[Matthew] Dunster makes a decent stab at locating its elusive emotional heart, though at times the satirical send-up of bellicosity is disengagingly coarse...Overall, this lively interpretation brings Shakespeare’s drama vividly into our morally muddled world." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The production needs more darkness, more sex, and more modernity if it is to do full justice to this unsettling masterpiece."
Production photo by John Tramper