The Mistress Contract


West End

Royal Court Theatre

Until Sat Mar 22

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Saskia Reeves (She) and Danny Webb (He)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Danny Webb (He) and Saskia Reeves (She)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Danny Webb (He)

© Manuel Harlan

Saskia Reeves (She) and Danny Webb (He)

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Although this play obviously thought it was visionary and controversial, actually it was turgid, clichéd and unadventurous. It seems to be being heralded as a feminist play, but I didn't notice much that was even vaguely feminist.

John Curry

An American couple in the 80's both having lived through failed marriages embark on a relationship held together by a "contract". They stay together for decades , they tape record all their conversations, and then decide they are fascinating enough to write a book about their "shocking relationship" Just a few flaws in this production : their relationship is not so much shocking as tedious, their taped conversations (at least the samples we share during the play) are so interesting that I started studying the architecture of the magnificent Royal Court Theatre. The show lasts for a very long 90 minutes. I struggle to think of anything positive to add. I'm sure Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb tried their very best, but they were just unable to turn trivia into gold.