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Troilus and Cressida

William Shakespeare

Read the reviews for Troilus and Cressida.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 17 Nov 2018

  • In Cinemas

  • Running time:

    3 hrs + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

15 November, 1:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

★★★★★

‘Under the direction of Gregory Doran, the actors perform viscerally, desperately; they act from the blood and the breast’

Broadway World

‘It’s rusted, twisted, shattered, and beautiful. Niki Turner’s set, like the chiseled bodies of the heroes who stomp around it, is impressive and frightening’

Broadway World

‘The sounds of this world are cacophonous, wooden drums and metal things and new instruments purpose-made for the show by percussionist Evelyn Glennie’

Broadway World

‘So cunning and persuasive is Adjoa Andoh as Ulysses, I would gladly follow her into battle’

Broadway World

‘James Cooney…is charming and touchingly real’

Broadway World

‘Oliver Ford Davies as the lord Pandarus is everything – funny, at times; poignant, at times; devastating, at times’

Broadway World

‘Let Troilus and Cressida be Shakespeare’s bicep. And let Gregory Doran and the artists of the Royal Shakespeare Company be the ones to flex it’

Broadway World

★★★★

‘Gregory Doran’s wonderful production…contrasts the epic with the intimate’

The Times

‘The percussive thump and patter of Evelyn Glennie’s score is exciting’

The Times

‘Gregory Doran creates a space of quiet intensity, where the words become transfixing’

The Times

‘Terrific Adjoa Andoh as Ulysses’

The Times

‘Sheila Reid excels as the clownish Thersites’

The Times

‘Charlotte Arrowsmith…is terrific, signing her lines of the prophet Cassandra’

The Times

‘Oliver Ford Davies sells us on the avuncular oddness of the match-making Pandarus’

The Times

‘It’s a first-rate cast’

The Times

‘In Gregory Doran’s hands, it ends up greater than the sum of its undeniably disparate parts’

The Times

★★★★

‘Gregory Doran’s epic Mad Max post-apocalypse style’

WhatsOnStage

‘Evelyn Glennie has composed her first ever theatre score and it is so phenomenally good you can feel every beat’

WhatsOnStage

‘Thrilling, stylish opening scene’

WhatsOnStage

‘RSC veteran Oliver Ford Davies is captivating and endearing as Cressida’s doddery uncle Pandarus’

WhatsOnStage

‘The stage bristles with sexual chemistry and nervous tension between the infatuated young couple’

WhatsOnStage

‘Amber James’ Cressida is…strong, powerful…razor-sharp, street-wise and self-aware’

WhatsOnStage

‘Gavin Fowler’s Troilus…is “giddy” and awkward, but…turns into a smooth-talking charmer’

WhatsOnStage

‘Gregory Doran has gathered a fine cast of eloquent women to play traditionally male roles in this gender-equal production – Adjoa Andoh as Ulysses, Suzanne Bertish as Greek general Agamemnon and Amanda Harris as Trojan military commander Aeneas’

WhatsOnStage

‘Theo Ogundipe earns more than a few laughs with his comedic performance as Ajax, as does Andrew Langtree as Helen’s cuckholded husband Menelaus’

WhatsOnStage

‘Matt Daw’s cinematic lighting is blindingly good’

WhatsOnStage

‘An animated performance by Charlotte Arrowsmith [as a] distraught Cassandra’

WhatsOnStage

‘Hugely entertaining and engrossing’

WhatsOnStage

★★★★

‘What a glorious play this is’

Evening Standard

‘Composer Evelyn Glennie offers a shimmering wall of percussive noise; it’s an impressive din’

Evening Standard

‘Designer Niki Turner clads the cast in a magnificent array of retro-futuristic Mad Max style costumes’

Evening Standard

'Amber James notably captures Cressida’s lovestruck pragmatism and movingly shows her to be a victim of the machinations of war, of men’

Evening Standard

‘There’s fine work too from Oliver Ford Davies as Pandarus’

Evening Standard

‘Adjoa Andoh memorably brings out the manipulative monstrosity behind Ulysses’ beguiling rhetoric’

Guardian

‘Oliver Ford Davies is a classic Pandarus, brimming over with senile prurience’

Guardian

‘Amber James’s spryly intelligent Cressida [is] provoked beyond endurance by the naïve insistence of Gavin Fowler’s Troilus’

Guardian