55 Days: ★★★★ from The Times

Posted on 25 October 2012.

Posted in: Theatre Reviews

55 Days: ★★★★ from The Times

55 Days Review
The Times
By Libby Purves

Douglas Henshall, gives us a still, burning, troubled Cromwell, part politician, part zealot, jabbing at Bible verses. Mark Gatiss, beaky and disdainful with a camp Morningside diction, beautifully delivers Brenton’s 17th-century rhythms, especially in Charles’s authentic lines: it is not hard to believe in the half-superstitious nervousness of the regicide lawyers. It was a fragile moment, not least because the Army had briskly “purged” royalist MPs by force, leaving an emaciated Parliament of lesser legitimacy .

But from it grew modern democracy, an apposite reflection as Parliament’s reputation now wobbles and the National Theatre runs the hilarious This House about 1970s’ chaos. Not a bad choice for a Jubilee year either, after 60 years of a carefully neutral Queen and an heir whose black-spider opinions fret the Attorney-General.

To read the full article click here

Back to top
Latest from Twitter:
  • Hampstead Theatre @Hamps_Theatre

    Bake Off fans - Lottie Bedlow used to work as our Line Producer from 2014 - 2017 and we can confirm her cakes are I… https://t.co/LbkJDxnR0a

    7 days ago
  • Hampstead Theatre @Hamps_Theatre

    We stand together in solidarity with the people of Belarus in their fight for freedom and democracy and join the ca… https://t.co/ujkaZCDFmQ

    1 months ago
  • Hampstead Theatre @Hamps_Theatre

    6 plays, 6 weeks of epic drama. Thank you to all the artists - on & off stage - for allowing us to share your stunn… https://t.co/rFH4U09Tz6

    5 months ago