Features Published 10 June 2015

Exeunt’s Weekly Picks: 10th June

Perhaps unsurprisingly Robert Icke's astonishing Oresteia tops this week's Exeunt picks.
Exeunt Staff

1. Oresteia, Almeida Theatre, London

“During the death of Iphigenia and a tempestuous climax to the first act it’s easy to forget about metaphor and instead just to soak up the visceral, emetic, religious shock of theatre. To feel completely thrilled. And disgusted. Why are we watching a father kill his little daughter? Robert Icke directs it to perfection.”

All the King's men.

All the King’s men.

2. King John, Globe Theatre, London

“With lines from the play sung alongside snatches of the Messiah, a dark choral element pervades this production. The emphasis on ritual and solemnity exaggerates the impotence of King John, his shaky legitimacy challenged by France in the first words of the play.”

Photo: Alex Johnston

Photo: Alex Johnston

3. A Doll’s House, The Space, London

“This bold and seriously smart new version speaks of a director and a company actively engaged in finding those unexplored spaces, those pockets of fresh air and ideas, that can still be unearthed in such a well-trodden play.”

Teddy boy. Photo: Darren Bell.

Teddy boy. Photo: Darren Bell.

4. Teddy, Southwark Playhouse, London

With a kind of dream-like narrative logic, this play has a lightness, bordering slightness to it. But in the loving hands of director Eleanor Rhode, it’s been backcombed and brylcreemed until it stands proud and shining.”

Family ties.

Family ties.

5. The Dogs of War, Old Red Lion, London

“Troubling as Foley’s play is at times, raw and pink as new skin under a scab, this is a work of considerable insight and emotional complexity, the kind of play which rides home on your shoulder, slowly sharpening its claws.”

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