Tom Stoppard’s play Hapgood opened at the Hampstead Theatre last night (9th December) so here is a selection of reviews that have come in so far. 

'Hapgood' Play by Tom Stoppard performed at the Hampstead Theatre, London, UK
Lisa Dillon (Hapgood) . Photograph by Alastair Muir.

The Evening Standard: *** Fiona Mountford said: “I have not been so bewildered in a theatre for a long time as here. And that’s not a nice feeling.”

Whatsonstage: *** Mark Valencia commented: “As a whole it spills too far into a parody to be genuinely tense, but it’s often fun.”

The Stage:  *** Natasha Tripney found that: “While there’s much to admire about it and its smarts are evident, it’s a chilly piece of theatre.”

'Hapgood' Play by Tom Stoppard performed at the Hampstead Theatre, London, UK
Tim McMullan in Hapgood. Photograph by Alastair Muir.

Monkey Matters TheatreShyama Perera said: “Lisa Dillon leads a good cast, but there’s no tension. One listens rather than watches. The particles never quite blur into waves.”

Culture Whisper: **** “it might not be as heart-hammeringly tense as a spy movie, but this slick, eloquent production exhibits all that is powerful about a Stoppard play.”

Theatre Cat:  “a thoroughly enjoyable espionage comedy-thriller.”

 

'Hapgood' Play by Tom Stoppard performed at the Hampstead Theatre, London, UK
Lisa Dillon as Hapgood. Photograph by Alastair Muir.

The Telegraph: **** Claire Allfree said: “Davies’s warm, witty production has the tight, close-up feel of a TV mini series.”

The Guardian:  **** Michael Billington summed it up saying: “In their vivid sharpness both Ashley Martin-Davis’s sets and Ian William Galloway’s video designs ensure, like Davies’s production, that we end up illumined rather than blinded by science.”

Time Out:  **** Tim Bano commented: “This is the first London revival of ‘Hapgood’ since its premiere in 1988. It was a flop back then, but Howard Davies’ production erases all trace of that disaster.”

Hapgood is on at the Hampstead Theatre until the 23rd January. To book tickets visit: Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk  and Discount Theatre.com . 

 

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