Reviews

Times
★★★★
'Eileen Atkins is superb…a spellbinding evening'

'The masterful verse-speaking brings these characters to vivid life throughout'

'Jay Simpson…the embodiment of darkly seductive mischief'

'Fine support from Faye Castelow, Joseph Arkley, Geoffrey Freshwater and Ian Redford'

Observer - read the full review
★★★★
'Eileen Atkins, in an outstanding performance'

'A devilish dog... tremendously played by Jay Simpson'

'Director Gregory Doran has intelligence, clarity and a lack of pretension'

'Shvorne Marks is wonderfully unforced and convincing'

'Faye Castelow is a star in the making. Her ability to embody love, happiness and virtue (all of which can easily give an actor the slip) is exceptional'

'There is engaging support from the rabble that tangles along with the play, led by triumphantly clownish, galumphing Dafydd Llyr Thomas as Cuddy Banks'

Independent
★★★★
'Atkins gives Mother Sawyer a terrific presence'

'Jay Simpson, who stalks the stage with an extraordinary comic/sinister precision'

'Ian Bonar superbly communicates the opportunist shiftiness and the agony of mind of Frank Thorney'

'Faye Castelow radiates a lovely emotional candour'

Sunday Express - read the full review
★★★★
'Eileen Atkins is glorious...expertly mingling comedy and pathos'

'Niki Turner's evocative grassy set'

'Universally excellent performances, among which Faye Castelow as a murdered wife, Ian Bonar as a repentant bigamist, Jay Simpson as the diabolic canine, and Dafydd Llyr Thomas as the village booby stand out'

Guardian - read the full review
'Eileen Atkins's multifaceted turn as the witch is a resounding success'

'Atkins's glittering eye and savage exposure of the world's wickedness'

'The sombre beauty of Gregory Doran's production'

'Mother Sawyer, whom Atkins plays superbly'

'Ian Bonar, Ian Redford, Faye Castelow and Dafydd Llyr Thomas provide strong support'

Daily Telegraph - read the full review
'The interplay between Eileen Atkins and Jay Simpson's grinning, sardonic and almost balletic Dog is superb'

Evening Standard - read the full review
'Ian Bonar (as Frank Thorney) makes him interestingly complex…incisive work from Faye Castelow'

'Eileen Atkins … radiates intelligence and scepticism'

The Stage - read the full review
'An outstanding performance from Eileen Atkins'

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