11 December 2008

The Pride By Alexi Kaye Campbell

Philip - J.J. Feild
Sylvia - Lyndsey Marshal
Oliver - Bertie Carvel
Man, Peter, Doctor - Tim Steed

Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Designer Soutra Gilmour

Celeb in the audience - Kelly Reilly

Rather unfortunate that the actors' entrance is heralded by their back-lit silhouettes in the doorways which in JJ's case, had a pair of rather charming luminous orange handles at the top. Enough of that. This is a remarkable production.

I came to this with much anticipation to see what Alexi could do and that can sometimes be fatal. I don't know what I expected but this was much more than I could have hoped for. If it doesn't transfer to the West End, I would hope that they would at least reprise it downstairs.

This is a beautiful, tightly constructed muse on the changing views and taboos between 1958 and 2008. The set was wonderfully economical but still retained a richness. The performances where fantastic all round as they got their teeth into long speeches and punchy dialogue.