The York Realist

Donmar Warehouse

The York Realist

08 Feb 2018 - 24 Mar 2018

Pro reviewers rating
16 reviews

4.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

I live here. I live here. You can’t see that, though. You can’t see it. This is where I live. Here.

A cottage, 1960s Yorkshire. The York Mystery plays are in rehearsal. Farmhand George strains against his roots as a new world opens up to him.


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“Emotional stealth bomb of a revival... Piercing sensitivity and lingering power... Batt: superb.”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

“Exquisite naturalism... rich, detailed and atmospheric revival... Every performance is top-notch.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“A deeply poignant portrait of a couple incompatible in everything but their emotions: superbly played by Batt and Bailey.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“In a play of nuance... both men are utterly superb, holding the kind but sad heart of an overwhelmingly moving revival.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Beautiful play... a layer of understated poetry... Both actors are excellent... A lovely performance from Katie West.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A beautifully detailed revival... Hastie’s quiet production lets its many silences speak for themselves.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Beautiful 2002 play... pitch-perfect, impeccably acted production... Terse, understated and achingly eloquent.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Delicate, understated work from the whole cast... A piece that quietly sounds the depths of social and cultural divisions.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“As their relationship splits along faultlines of accent and opportunity, Hastie's production gains a heartbreaking power.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“A revelation... Hastie’s revival is beautifully understated and emotionally overpowering... Batt is career-makingly fine.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“A gorgeously vivid, funny and affecting revival... Ambles along and makes you believe in and care for everyone you see. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Gill’s wounding and sensitive play... Hastie’s production is almost perfect... Each character is finely drawn and subtly shaded.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Hastie’s production beautifully emphasises the silences and euphemisms, the fine ambiguities... Shot through with lyricism.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Grounded in naturalism both in script and vision, Hastie's production finds an ideal leading man in the remarkable Ben Batt.”

Broadway World (other reviewers)

“May well be a contemporary classic... beautiful, tender, understated... rueful, truthful and ultimately quietly heartbreaking.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Electric, understated... A sense of distance between town and country which today feels both authentic and, mercifully, dated.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

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