This new production based on Jean Anouilh’s hit 1937 play, Le Voyageur sans bagage has officially opened at the Donmar Warehouse. But what have the critics made of it?
The Guardian: **** Andrew Dickson thought that: “Blanche McIntyre choreographs a riot of illusion and self-delusion.”
Evening Standard: **** Henry Hitchings wrote: “The play may be overlong but its brand of witty cleverness is seductive.”
London Theatre.co.uk: ****Mark Shenton described the production as: “a quirky, strange yet vividly realised comedy with a smart twist, beautifully executed at the Donmar.”
WhatsOnStage: **** Matt Trueman said: “Blanche McIntrye’s production, with a sea breezy Mark Thompson design, gives it just the right comic gloss.”
Time Out: ***Andrzej Lukowski called it: “a loving homage to the golden era of the American comedy and a smart adaptation of an older, more complicated French play.”
The Stage: **** “It’s an alternatively stylish and highly stylised staging of a sweet, strange comedy.”
The Daily Mail:**** Quentin Letts summed it up saying: “This almost farcical fantasy somehow combines Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Oscar Wilde-ish self-creation and the feelgood factor of It’s A Wonderful Life. Thoughtful fun.”
The Telegraph: *** Dominic Cavendish found the production: “Passably entertaining, then, but eminently forgettable.”
The Upcoming: *** Luisa Kapp commented: “Despite its minor flaws, Welcome Home, Captain Fox! provides an enjoyable and cheerful evening entertainment.”
Mature Times: Robert Tanitch wrote that: “Blanche McIntyre’s production is entertaining and Katherine Kingsley. Danny Webb and Sian Thomas are often very amusing.”
British Theatre Guide: Philip Fisher said: “What seems on the surface to be little more than a light comedy has hidden depths.”
Welcome Home, Captain Fox is on at the Donmar Warehouse until the 16th April.