Review Round Up: Good Canary, Rose Theatre

The London premiere of Zach Helm’s play directed has made its debut at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. But what have critics made of it? 

The Guardian: *** Michael Billington said: “it is worth seeing for Mavor’s performance and the ruthless clarity of Malkovich’s direction.”

The Telegraph: *** Dominic Cavendish wrote: “Mavor, bound to go far, is needle-sharp as the spiky Annie.”

Variety: “Malkovich’s direction of actors is first-rate. Each performance is fine-chiseled yet playful.”

The Stage: *** Paul Vale commented that: “Helm’s play features some surprising humour and a incredibly gripping central performance from Mavor but while it’s stylishly put together, there are unsatisfying gaps in his narrative – it leaves too many questions unanswered.”

Evening Standard: **** Henry Hitchings found that: “it’s a production with plenty of heart and humour, lit up by the fiery rawness of Freya Mavor.”

The Independent: *** Holly Williams wrote: “even if Good Canary is too in hock to the myth of troubled artistic genius, Annie’s self-destruction is painted with an unpatronising ferocity that ultimately packs a visceral punch.”

Love London Love Culture: ❤❤❤❤ “John Malkovich’s production is sharp, slick and stylish.”

Broadway World: **** “This is a captivating and tragic play that is beautifully staged and deftly performed. It may not always be comfortable to watch, but it is well worth the effort.”

London *** “Freya Mavor gives a striking and committed portrayal of Annie.”

Essential Surrey: **** 1/2 “Malkovich’s assured direction brings out every nuance of a painful but superbly realised play.”

British Theatre Guide: “a rewarding evening that comes highly recommended and really should get an opportunity for a West End outing before too long.”

There Ought to Be Clowns: “it’s a fascinating piece of drama and somehow, just how you’d imagine a John Malkovich-directed play to be.”

Good Canary will play at the Rose Theatre Kingston until the 8th October. To book tickets visit: Discount, Theatre Tickets, Love, Theatre and UK



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