Review Round Up: Julie, National Theatre

Carrie Cracknell directs Polly Stenham’s contemporary adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic play. But what have critics been making of it?  The Guardian: ** “These actors do sterling work but in Stenham’s version I never felt that the tragic outcome was dictated by an inexorable dramatic force.” WhatsOnStage: **** “Even so, it’s too polished, too glossy for… Read More

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First Look at…Julie, National Theatre

Production images have been released for Carrie Cracknell’s production of August Strindberg’s Julie. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect.  Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends… Read More

Review Round Up: Oil, Almeida Theatre

This world premiere production of Ella Hickson’s production, sees director Carrie Cracknell making her Almeida debut. But what have critics been saying about it?  The Guardian: **** “contains one of the best theatrical mother-daughter relationships of recent years.” The Independent: **** “The play will, I suspect, divide audiences but I’m not complaining when I say… Read More

Review Round Up… The Deep Blue Sea, National Theatre

Terence Rattigan’s heartbreaking drama reunites director Carrie Cracknell and Helen McCrory – but is the quality of the production worthy of the collaboration?  The Guardian: **** Michael Billington summed up the production calling it: “an impassioned production by Carrie Cracknell that illuminates Rattigan’s psychological understanding and boasts a shining performance from Helen McCrory.” The Telegraph:… Read More

Review Roundup: Macbeth, Young Vic Theatre

This new production of Shakespeare’s chilling Macbeth sees Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin collaborating once again, following their production of Medea at the National Theatre. But what have critics made of their latest production?  The Independent:  *** Paul Taylor described it as: “a bold make-over that is out to grab the kind of youthful audience that… Read More