Review Round Up: The Lie, Menier Chocolate Factory

Samantha Bond and Tony Gardner star in Lindsay Posner’s production of Florian Zeller’s play. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… 

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Alice spots her friend’s husband with another woman.  Should she tell her friend the truth…or lie?  Her husband Paul is convinced that it is better to lie.  But in doing so, who is being protected and who suffers?  Both find out that in matters of the heart, the line between the truth and a lie can be a dangerous one to cross. 

The Guardian: *** “Now, as a companion piece to The Truth, seen last year at the Menier, comes The Lie. But while the new play, in Christopher Hampton’s translation, has the zip and wit of its predecessor, it feels like an elegant variation on a familiar theme.”

The Independent: *** “The Lie, although containing moments of comedy and of emotional angst, could not decide which it would rather be.”

The Telegraph: *** “I can’t easily say whether it was good, bad or indifferent. What I can say is that I was amused by it, thrown by it, and even left mildly distressed by it too. I think that’s its desired effect.”

WhatsOnStage: *** “It’s nimble enough to divert an audience with an inscrutable Bond and an unscrupulous Hanson, but it never cracks open the play’s deeper implications. A bolder director might make a case that this is the ultimate post-truth play.”

The Stage: ** “The play raises a few glib laughs, but it’s an infinitely dispensable bagatelle, as brittle, flimsy and disappointing as an empty champagne glass.”

Broadway World: *** “The Lie is a short and quite rapid-fire piece – 90 minutes with no interval – and with some snappy dialogue directed at pace by Posner. It’s funny for sure, and it’ll keep you guessing (at least until the curtain call), but if you saw The Truth, I suspect its impact may be somewhat diminished.”

London ** “Florian Zeller has quickly turned into the new Yasmina Reza: another Parisian boulevard playwright who turns out zippy, snappy plays about human confrontations and relationships, secrets and lies.”

The Real Chrisparkle: “Samantha Bond is also superb as Alice; constantly on the lookout for signs of deception, seeking reassurance, and throwing herself whole-heartedly into the grand gesture of locking herself in the bedroom overnight.”

The Times: **** “This edgy play probes the touchy subject of what is the truth and what is a lie in marriage”

Time Out: *** “It’s an amusing play, sometimes acerbic, but it paddles in the shallows of two troubled marriages rather than taking us too close to their depths.”

British Theatre Guide: “The Lie is too close to a slight sitcom or farce denuded of many of the best jokes to be the kind of major theatrical work that one has come to expect from Florian Zeller.”

Evening Standard: *** “Time hangs clumpily in big patches in Lindsay Posner’s production, as we wait for the inevitable twists.”

Gay Times: *** “The Lie might not be a performance that lingers, but during its runtime, it’s one that thoroughly entertains.”

The Lie will continue to play at the Menier Chocolate Factory until the 18th November. For more information and to book tickets visit:



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