Five stars
'Between them, playwright Ben Power, actors Kathryn Hunter and Richard McCabe and director Helena Kaut-Howson with her creative team have indeed wrought a tender and beautiful thing, a meditation on love, its longevity and endurance in old age and in the face of illness and death.'


Four stars
'Kathryn Hunter's appropriateness may almost be taken as read; she moves at first with an oddly mannered tenderness then seems almost to waste before our eyes...Richard McCabe, whose Romeo is bluff yet gentle, joyous when living in love and distressed at having to face an end to it.'
Financial Times

'Ben Power's A Tender Thing is a poetic provocation. It stitches together lines from Shakespeare's immortal source – along with other scraps from the canon – to give us a portrait of sweetly sorrowful parting.'
Daily Telegraph



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