Voyage Round My Father
Opened 13 June 2006
Written: John Mortimer
Directed: Thea Sharrock
Produced: Donmar Warehouse
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Joanna David, Dominic Rowan
Synopsis: John Mortimer's autobiographical play is the affectionate portrait of a son's relationship with his father. Growing up in the shadow of a brilliant barrister, who adored his garden and hated visitors, and whose blindness was never mentioned, the son continually yearns for his father's love and respect.
What the critics had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Beautifully pitched and acted production...Mortimer's Voyage still remains an unmissable comic trip." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "The chief pleasure of Thea Sharrock's revival lies in watching Derek Jacobi explore the old man's intransigent selfhood...the evening has a faintly discursive quality." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Jacobi certainly catches Father’s infectious sense of mischief, wayward exhibitionism and almost aggressive facetiousness...The play leaves us guessing and manages to stay funny and intelligent ." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Derek Jacobi's fine portrayal." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "What I love most about this play, though, apart from the excellence of the jokes, is its tenderness, beautifully caught in Sharrock's production...an evening of rare and continuous pleasure."
Production photo by Stephen Cummiskey