Review Round Up: Jude, Hampstead Theatre

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Edward Hall’s production of Howard Brenton’s latest play…

(c)Marc Brenner

WhatsOnStage: *** “Jude benefits from Nefar’s confident performance – and it even suggests a new way of looking at the refugee crisis.”

The Guardian: *** “Even if the play is muddled, Hall’s production, performed on a circular, book-lined stage, is a model of visual clarity.”

The Telegraph: ** “British theatre got the life-saving galvanising kick it needed after the war when top-tier middle-class playwrights were almost given their marching orders and a rabble of less advantaged, angrier and often working-class voices broke through. More than 60 years after John Osborne’s blast of anti-deferential fresh air with Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court, are the doors slamming in the faces of those from humble backgrounds?”

The Arts Desk: *** “Hall’s production is fluid and clear enough, and Ashley Martin-Davis’s circular set is symbolically surrounded by books. Isabella Nefar plays Judith with a convincing sense of oddness, and her anger can put fire into the action.”

Time Out: ** “Isabella Nefar is too skittish in the central role, as is her accent; but then it’d be hard to shine with dialogue as lumpen as this. It’s a damn shame, because Hall’s staging is actually quite stylish.”

The Stage: ** “Hall’s production is visually appealing but theatrically flat.”

Broadway World: ** “In his writing, Brenton relies on lazy stereotypes and ill-judged jokes that feel very uneasy. It’s a real shame, because there are some interesting performances despite this.”

The Times: ** “Howard Brenton’s very loose treatment of Thomas Hardy’s novel is disjointed, complicated and unconvincing.”

Jude continues to play at the Hampstead Theatre until the 1st June.

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