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To talk about the irreversibility of consequences and to show it. The staging is in the round and close to the audience; arguments become intimate as the lighting softens to a mellow glow.
The members of the cast are mostly familiar to regular attenders at this theatre, which has created an informal company. The benefits are enormous. We see a warmth that quickens the heart of the action. Susannah Clapp. But it has a racing heart, too, exploring what it is that makes us human and our determination to keep dancing even as the darkness gathers and the universe grows cold.
It needs a sense of fun to keep these theatrical plates spinning, and it gets one from Andrew Hilton, who brings the same cool clarity that he has brought to Shakespeare at this address. In this carefully fashioned man-made arcadia, death stalks the artfully arranged shrubberies at Sidley Park. There is something heartbreaking about a work that arms its audience with so much information even as it points up the unknowability of history. Set around a single large table, the intimacy of the proceedings thrills in this unaffected revival.
John Campbell. The characters are deeply engaging to the point where, Romeo and Juliet-style, you want to start calling out warnings , the costumes are gorgeous, the cast are superlative and the script is razor-sharp.
Hilton has done justice to what is probably my favourite non-Shakespeare play, giving the Tobacco Factory yet another unmissable production. Eleanor Turney. The inhabitants of both rooms mirror the roles and relationships across the two centuries, fragments of conversations and even costumes are echoed down through time. The modern era attempts to reconstruct the events of the earlier period, suggesting an algorithmic approach to comprehending the world, reflected in the studies of two of the central characters from the contrasting eras.
This may make the production sound dry and hard work. Simon Parsons. As well as cleverly complex, the story — in this production — is very, very funny. Arcadia by Tom Stoppard Tags: Analysis , Articles , Business , Opportunities.
Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” at Twenty
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Arcadia review – a flat production can't dampen Tom Stoppard's dazzling play
To talk about the irreversibility of consequences and to show it. The staging is in the round and close to the audience; arguments become intimate as the lighting softens to a mellow glow. The members of the cast are mostly familiar to regular attenders at this theatre, which has created an informal company. The benefits are enormous.