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Read the reviews for Venice Preserved.

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 7 Sep 2019

    Book Tickets
  • Running time:

    2 hrs 20 mins + 20 mins interval

★★★★

‘Gripping, edge-of-the-seat stuff’

The Guardian

‘Dark, brooding modern-dress production’

The Guardian

‘Jodie McNee…vibrantly shows that the play is the tragedy of Belvidera’

The Guardian

‘Michael-Grady Hall also brings out Jaffeir’s vacillating neurosis and homoerotic dependence on Pierre’

The Guardian

‘Stephen Fewell invests Pierre with the ruthless single-mindedness of a former soldier turning against the state’

The Guardian

‘John Hodgkinson on superb form as a pillar of the Establishment’

The Guardian

'Stirringly restored'

The Guardian

★★★★

‘Invigorating…intense…irresistible’

The Times

‘A startlingly good performance by Jodie McNee as Belvidera…she lights up the stage throughout’

The Times

‘Les Dennis impresses in the small but central role of her father, Priuli’

The Times

‘Colourful cameos…Best of all being John Hodgkinson as a lubricious senator, Antonio. He is a scene-stealing comic delight, excelling at sharp asides’

The Times

★★★★

‘Explosive…a thrilling reinvention’

Whatsonstage

‘Michael Grady-Hall and Jodie McNee form the emotional heart of the piece’

Whatsonstage

‘Stephen Fewell’s range and believability are second to none’

Whatsonstage

‘John Hodgkinson deservedly claims the biggest laughs with some leavening comedy scenes as an S-and-M-loving senator’

Whatsonstage

‘Les Dennis is both touching and authoritative’

Whatsonstage

‘Designer James Cotterill and Light Designer Jack Knowles’ “Restoration noir” aesthetic…coupled with George Dennis’ menacing 80s-influenced sound design and some evocative live guitar work from Joe Archer and Ben Walker…it’s moody and captivating’

Whatsonstage

‘Highly pertinent and powerful messages for today’s ruling classes’

Whatsonstage

‘Highly pertinent and powerful messages for today’s ruling classes’

Whatsonstage

★★★★

'Exhilarating. Few revivals could be more timely'

Broadway World

‘Belvidera is a tremendous role, given full weight by an increasingly desperate [Jodie] McNee’

Broadway World

‘Jaffeir a nervous, confused Michael Grady-Hall’

Broadway World

‘Pierre a chest-puffing Stephen Fewell’

Broadway World

‘Tremendous comic turn from John Hodgkinson as the fetishy senator, Antonio’

Broadway World

‘Aquilina, Natalie Dew dripping disdain’

Broadway World

‘Steve Nicolson delivers a chilling Renault’

Broadway World

★★★★

‘Jodie McNee is a revelation as Belvidera…riveting and emotional’

The Reviews Hub

‘Michael Grady-Hall provides a strong turn as the conflicted anti-hero Jaffeir’

The Reviews Hub

‘Les Dennis is assured in his debut season at the RSC. He plays Belvidera’s father Priuli and offers a resigned and embittered take on the wronged senator’

The Reviews Hub

‘Stephen Fewell…gives a standout performance’

The Reviews Hub

‘John Hodgkinson who steals the show as the corrupt Senator Antonio with a penchant for S&M and who quite unexpectedly but hilariously breaks the fourth wall’

The Reviews Hub

‘Natalie Dew…brings a masterful and assured strength to Aquilina’

The Reviews Hub

‘Bold, stylish production’

The Stage

‘James Cotterill’s striking design…embracing a delicious tech-noir aesthetic’

The Stage

‘Undeniably appealing collision of all the most stylish dystopias, from Blade Runner to V for Vendetta

The Stage

‘Jodie McNee makes a formidable, compellingly complex Belvidera…clings to a core of unshakeable dignity’

The Stage

‘Les Dennis’ city father Priuli has an abrupt but engaging journey from petty-minded reactionary to compassionate conciliator’

The Stage

‘John Hodgkinson does fine comic work as sleazy senator Antonio’

The Stage

‘Natalie Dew’s spiteful, steely sex worker Aquilina’

The Stage

‘Alison Halstead’s idealistic diplomat Bedamar’

The Stage