Saw this tonight. Thought it was funny, moving, and thought provoking in equal measure. Geraint Hill performs brilliantly and in my opinion is only limited by his 'supporting' roles. That said, the cast are all strong and, despite Angel's subjective and uninformed invective, the female members perform their roles superbly. Their dancing is more than just filler, forming an integral part of Molière's piece and a disturbing interruption to the set piece of the commedia dell'arte. They perform brilliantly the stereotypes of the 'commedia' and the full cast force the audience to address the slippage between caricature and reality. I would suggest you go and think deeply about disparity of wealth and the disparity of integrity that often forms a very real corollary in contemporary society. (Read virtue in the play as profit in the modern world.)
Don Juan: The Destiny of a Libertine
Until Sun Dec 8 2013
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Sep 17 2013
Moliere's baroque comedy about one of the world's great seducers - originally censored after only four performances - gets a new dance-theatre production from French director Clement de Dadelsen
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Stunning show. Incredibly atmospheric, exquisite costumes, mesmerising acting and, throughout, a simply wonderful extravagance. A real must see before it closes on Sunday 8th.
A wonderful, funny and gripping production with magnificent cast, lush costumes and genius design. The male actors shone in their own ways, Xavier Lafaire as a persuasive and eccentric Don Juan with his French accent and occasional French lines to emphasise his agitation and charisma, Christopher Paddon as a well-balanced servant and sparring partner, and Geraint Hill with an impressive versatility in playing more roles than one can count, all with more than suitable amusement, horror and contemplation. The female cast let down what otherwise would have been a magic evening. Whether they were acting dancers or dancing actors, the dancing was a nice filler but the acting was more often than not one-dimensional and forced. Much stronger female characters are needed in the presence of Don Juan himself. Still highly recommended.
Excellent production, I hadn't been to the theatre for ages but this made me realise just what I've been missing out on. Captivating, funny and thoughtful, would recommend it every time.
Atmospheric, charming and sensual, this production of Don Juan has an outstanding cast and sumptuous design. Not to be missed.
The cockpit is an intimate venue leaving you very close to the action, which bodes well for this entertaining play. Six actors make up the cast, with a few of them playing numerous roles. In particular, one of the male actors brilliantly played at least six or seven different characters! Really well done, I thoroughly enjoyed Don Juan and would highly recommend this play.