Contemporary theatre

Duke of York’s Theatre

Until Sat Jan 5 2013


Marianne (Sally Hawkins) and Roland (Rafe Spall) © Johan Persson

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>5</span>/5

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I couldn't disagree with James B and JB more. I found this funny, intriguing and ultimately very moving. I thought Andrzej's review spot on: just how I felt. BUT on a second viewing I wasn't so convinced. The audience seemed to have the attention span of gnats and bladders the size of peas: so that was a (horrible) distraction. Perhaps once you've experienced the 'Sliding Doors' device it seems, well, a little mechanical. That said the performers still offered a masterclass in acting, which in itself was a treat to experience again.


Amateurish and plain boring - I left half way through together with another couple of similarly bored viewers. The show looked like a cheap student production at the Edinburgh Fringe. I also agree with the previous comment about the questionable judgment of the Time Out critic.

James B

Totally agree with Carly Simmons and Alexander. Plus I could not empathise with the characters and didn't care what happened to either of them. Makes me concerned about the judgement of Time Out theatre critic to merit such mediocrity with a CC

Carly Simmons

Great concept but that's where it ends. The dialogue isn't good enough to withstand several repetitions, and the relationship isn't particularly charming or engaging. Plus Sally Hawkins' obvious eating disorder made her acting uncomfortable to watch.


Funny, poignant and utterly absorbing...this play enthralled me from start to finish. The acting was brilliant especially Sally Hawkins who made me laugh then made me emotional roller coaster of great writing and acting.


I got the parallel universes concept immediately. The play went on to show how this concept might be manifested with variations on a theme. Even though the play was short, the repetition of the variations was difficult to endure. I am sure that it was demanding for the actors. What a shame that the material is not worthy.