Lizzie Siddal


Off-West End

Arcola Theatre

Until Sat Dec 21 2013

Lizzie Siddal

© Simon Annand

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The subject matter should be compelling - the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood, shocking the art establishment, stealing each other's models and wives, creating friends and enemies, fighting against type. But this play never really achieves the depth it strives for, either as a historical study of some fascinating characters or as an examination of whether art justifies any means. The actors' performances are energetic but very obviously characterised. The dialogue moves between faux-Victorian urchin to modern anachronisms, occasionally funny, but often full of cliche setpieces of the nature of art, or love. Lizzie moves from independent artist to cynical spinster to dead extremely quickly - the second half is definitely badly paced. This play rattles through key scenes and figures with some energy, but never becomes anything more. For a subject matter that encompasses such huge characters and such big questions, it falls short.

Suzi Grant

This play is too compelling to miss......loved it, apart from the tears running down my face at the end. Emma West and Tom Bateman are electrifying together and apart. I think it worthy of a UK tour, such a great, untold story, beautifully written by Jeremy Green.