Independent on Sunday
'A riotous rom-com'
'Exhilaratingly assembled and directed by Greg Doran...Oliver Rix is a beguiling Cardenio, at first full of flustered charm then haunting crack-wittedness...Alex Hassell is fantastically good as Fernando'
'Glorious acting from a fine RSC ensemble'
'I loved every minute of it...Oliver Rix is almost distractingly handsome as Cardenio, Luscinda, played by Lucy Briggs-Owen, has super comic touches...Alex Hassell is funny and dashing as Fernando...Pippa Nixon is most touching as his long suffering lover'
'Christopher Godwin and Nicholas Day as the warring dads are wonderful'
'Doran's production sweeps along with terrific brio, combining humour, with moments of deeper feeling and a strong atmosphere of Catholicism, heat and lust...a spirited, entertaining and at times remarkably touching night in the theatre...Alex Hassell memorably combines menace with comic gormlessness as the wicked Fernando, Oliver Rix goes impressively bonkers as the betrayed Cardenio, and Lucy Briggs-Owen and Pippa Nixon give sharply defined neatly contrasting performances as the betrayed girls'