15 years after it first appeared on stage, Simon Stephens’ play Herons returns to the capital in a new production directed Sean Holmes. But has it gone down well with critics?
The Telegraph: **** Claire Allfree commented: ” This is an intentionally alienating production but it’s enriched by some terrific performances from a young cast.”
Evening Standard:*** Henry Hitchings wrote: “Sean Holmes’s taut revival feels less grubby than expected”
The Guardian: *** Michael Billington found that: “It’s an unremittingly powerful play, but Stephens’s point that it’s nurture as much as nature that makes these hard hearts gets somewhat lost.”
Whatsonstage: *** Matt Trueman said: “Opting for symbolism over subtext, Holmes goes against the strengths of the writing.”
The Stage: **** Tom Wicker said: “It’s a rebuking piece of theatre, well-acted and grippingly staged, accentuated by a starkly effective set design.”
There Ought To Be Clowns: “Holmes’ direction is full of interesting choices that you have to hope will inspire others.”
British Theatre Guide: Philip Fisher wrote: “Herons can hardly be classified as a cheery play but is deftly staged by Sean Holmes and presents a wonderful opportunity to a team of young actors.”
Time Out: *** Andrzej Lukowski commented: “It is a fizzing, pumped-up and beautiful watch.”
Overall: the critics opinions seem mixed with regards to the production itself – but has plenty of praise for the young cast – with many predicting a strong future for many of them.
Herons is on at the Lyric Hammersmith until the 13th February. Tickets cost between £15 and £35, available to book through: http://www.lyric.co.uk/whats-on/production/herons/.