Benedict Nightingale in
"[Strindberg's] mad-eyed ghost should be delighted with Sean Mathias's revival. . . . Ian McKellen, balefully partnered by a sour, wintry Frances de la Tour, draws on whatever powered his Macbeth and his Iago and gives a performance to match each."
Michael Billington in
"McKellen in one of his finest performances . . . Frances De La Tour matches him perfectly . . . "
Charles Spencer in
"[Director] Sean Mathias's production never puts a foot wrong. . . McKellen's Captain, his voice a gravelly growl, marvellously portrays both the character's ingenious cruelty and his vulnerability. . . The scene in which he arrives is a masterpiece of comic cruelty. . . De La Tour is equally fine, combining cold fury with a raddled sensuality. . . This is a tremendous production of an unarguably great play. Conquer whatever resistance you may have and surrender to the dark, desperate dance of hate and rancid love."
Paul Taylor in
" . . . a towering masterpiece . . . at once the funniest evening on the London stage and the most gutting . . .
Bill Hagerty in
"McKellen is magnificent as Edgar, controlling the plot's ghastly progress like the despotic ringmaster of a circus of horrors and relishing the laughs Richard Greenberg's new translation has emphasized. But marriages, no matter how abysmal, take two, and Frances de la Tour matches him blow for blow in the unholiest of matrimonies."
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