Scenes from a Marriage

Theatre

Off-West End

St James Theatre

Until Sat Nov 9 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

  • © Nobby Clark

    'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

© Nobby Clark

'Scenes from a Marriage' Sept 2013

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robert silbermann

The play was excellent: great acting from the whole cast, and very well staged. A thoroughly thought-provoking play and a hugely enjoyable evening. Loved the St James theatre complex too--first time I'd been there; hope to go again soon. The major irritation was the huge price premium that Time Out put on the price of the tickets: more than 50% which I regard as unreasonable!!

theatre love

Compelling and engaging. Great acting and script. Loved the set and the use of the screen as a in-between scenes filler. I had read some negative reviews, so I was a bit worried about seeing it, but not at all disappointing! This play touches on relationship - and general life - issues that I'm sure everyone can relate to, whether you are married or single or otherwise. However, due to the nature of the highly dysfunctional marriage, probably not the best date night entertainment!

Faye Dawson

Powerful acting on a subject most of us can relate to, delivered in a sensitive and at times humorous way.

Zak

I hardly took a breath at times during this astonishing play, performed superbly by the lead characters. An utterly believable and a heartbreaking performance by Williams - she haunts me still. Bazeley is unnervingly attractive in spite of his repellent character which is just how it should be as life is never black and white is it? I thought the cameo performance by Aislinn Sands as Katarina was outstanding - she's fantastic and where has she been hiding? Go see this play. You will laugh as well as cringe and cry. Exellent.

Nick M

I found the numerous scene changes initially rather annoying as they broke up the flow. However as the production moved on I was so in awe of the performances that a few seconds break ever so often was a light relief to gather my thoughts. Often I have left theatres recently feeling a little let down and underwhelmed. Not after this show though. Two of the best performances I have seen for a long time. The sharp text helps them, but they waste not a single word in their relentless barbed and pointed utterances. It's only a 4 as I never give five stars - but oh so close.

rickety

Thirty-somethings should have a health warning about this production - it may change their lives. Or perhaps a certificate of attendance should be required before every marriage. This theatre adaptation of Bergman's script (it started as a television series and became a film) pulls no punches, but it does not exaggerate either. It follows ten years in the marriage of a bright, well-meaning couple - she's a family lawyer, he's a university lecturer. There are laughs and there are tears; there are surprising but credible twists and turns. You are left nodding with recognition. Such an emotional text requires no histrionics but precise and committed playing. Here the two leading actors, Olivia Williams and Mark Bazeley give whole-hearted, intelligent performances which should have them among the annual award winners. The rest of the cast give excellent support. As you would expect from a practised master like Trevor Nunn, the direction is meticulously shaped. This is a show for grown-ups.