BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE: ★★★★ FROM THE DAILY MAIL

Posted on 1 November 2019.

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BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE: ★★★★ FROM THE DAILY MAIL

botticelli in the fire, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE, REVIEW: 'this botticelli burns with passion'

libby purves, THE daily mail

'It’s a picture everyone recognises: Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus; the goddess naked on a seashell with twining golden hair not quite saving her modesty.

Here the painting’s own birth is imagined: Jordan Tannahill’s play is a fictionalised tale of the 15th-century, half-modernised with smartphones and a squash match, and lavishly laced with high camp and nudity.

Dickie Beau is Sandro Botticelli, swaggering about in tattered black jeans... He informs us he wants to tell it his way, and explain something which has flummoxed art historians for centuries: why the most sexually wild Renaissance painter recanted his sins, joined bigoted monk Savonarola and threw many of his paintings on the 1497 Bonfire of the Vanities.

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You come away thinking about how artists have had to create beauty under the cosh of ugly patrons..'

To read the full review visit The Mail Online here.

 

What other critics are saying

‘Exhilarating… an audacious Renaissance romp’ | The Guardian

‘Raunchy, camp and occasionally ridiculous… Botticelli is superbly played by Dickie Beau’ | The Times

‘The stuff of a TV thriller… An absorbing, archly anachronistic play by Canadian wunderkind Jordan Tannahill’ | The Telegraph

‘Exuberant fun… Brilliant Botticelli is never boring’ | Evening Standard

 

Botticelli in the Fire runs on the Main Stage until 23 November

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