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2 OFF WEST END NOMINATIONS
Best Director and Best Ensemble
TIME OUT CRITIC'S CHOICE
The Public Reviews - Duncan McInnes
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'A stellar cast who make it their sole aim to just let the story unfold as clearly as possible...they more than accomplish this...the major incident of the first act sets off a chain of events thrusting us forward through each act at lightning speed weaving themes of revenge, parenthood and loyalty keeping us glued to our seat...there is something for everyone...a beautifully acted production.'
?'This is pretty sensational news on the theatre scene..For theatregoers off to see Phil Willmott's production at Southwark's pioneering Union Theatre the fun lies in trying to determine which bits, if any, were penned by the master. It's Spot-the-Bard..a few passages sound suspiciously 18th-century..but more often the poetic imagery and pentameters flow by, credibly Jacobean'
'When a play has a good, strong narrative, ultimately it doesn't really matter who wrote it. Thank goodness that this is of such consummate professionalism and quality that Double Falsehood's true worth can shine forth. If Shakespeare and Fletcher did write it, they can be proud that a twenty-first century Bankside theatre has staged it with such clarity, integrity and artistic style'
'A thoroughly captivating evening of theatre: traditional, yet suitable for a modern audience...Hats off to Phil Willmott...The plot reeks of the Bard, but the structure not so...a well weaved piece of writing that makes for a terrifically good piece of theatre...the Union's intimate space is used very well, probably the best I've seen'
'The current production of Double Falsehood at the Union Theatre is a fantastically accessible, gripping, fast-paced affair...The plot's got it all: love, lies, rape, monks, overbearing parents and insanity...a simplistic and effective setting for this play full of complications, betrayal, and passion...fantastic use of the space...a very good production indeed'
'So is the play kosher or counterfeit?...this entertaining and inventive new revival is sure to add heat to the debate...minalist set and precise use of sound generate an impressive intensity, especially during the moments of physical and pscychological violence'
'Did he or didn't he?...Part of the fun of watching Double Falsehood is in making up your own mind...critics may have spat on Theobald's claims for Double Falsehood's Shakespearian connections, but audiences apparently lapped it up. You can see why in Phil Willmott's lively but elegantly plain revival, which updates the story to the 1950s but retains an 18th-century melodramatic flamboyance.'
'A recently reignited controversy...off the shelves and out of the hands of squabbling academics, so we can make of it what we will. For doing this humble service, I offer up some thanks...staging is lucid...well-spoken and unfussily designed...engrossing melodrama...mainly young cast perform it pleasingly'
'Neatly plotted and tightly paced without any superfluous subplots...Phil Wilmott's production is elegantly minimalist...unburdened by intrusive gimmicks, encouraging the audience to pay attention to what's on show, rather than fixating on the convoluted background...Double Falsehood might not be a literary masterpiece, but it definitely isn't boring...Whoever the author(s) were, they knew what they were doing.'
'Cast with such a talented company in every part, the subtle hand of the director has emphasised the characters and the quality of the acting...a unique experience to witness such a production...congratulations to the Union and Phil Willmott for being so quick on the trigger'
'Double Falsehood has been declared by the Arden Shakespeare to be a late collaboration with John Fletcher, and director Phil Willmott's fascinating production provides us with the opportunity to decide if they are right...a super cast to watch...join the debate...the talk isn't going to stop anytime soon'
'Mokitagrit's immensely engaging production...Played with great intelligence...this staging demonstrates that Double Falsehood can definitely hold its own on the boards as well as on the page...well deserves the transfer for a week to the New Players Theatre from 15-19 February'
'Impressively pacey...highly atmospheric setting...standout performances...has brought much attention to one of the most exciting fringe theatres in London and to a production company Mokitagrit who are both fizzing with ambition...have fun trying to work out what, if any, hand he had in this, but don't let that blind you to the strong efforts of everyone involved in this well-mounted, engaging production.'
'Double Falsehood is a cracking melodrama, gripping from start to finish with plenty of entertaining plot twists. How much did Shakespeare have to do with it? I'm with Phil Willmott on this, I think you should go along and decide for yourself.'