The Way of the World

Donmar Warehouse

The Way of the World

29 Mar 2018 - 26 May 2018

£10.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world.

Lady Wishfort's sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire - there's everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain.

(Robin Pearce has joined the production following the untimely death of Alex Beckett)


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“Slick, handsome production of the Restoration comedy that combines wicked wit with steely edge.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Macdonald frame[s] this rare revival with such thoughtful care that it emerges with the gleaming richness of a symphony.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Congreve’s sour, witty classic... A full period-dress production, executed immaculately but probably needing another few cuts.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“It's a veritable feast of stylish actors and utterly sumptuous costumes - but golly, it's also hard to follow! ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Bonkers farce and balletic lyricism... Outrageous costumes and overtly stylised performances.”

Alistair Wilkinson (Broadway World)

“A restoration of a comic masterpiece more concerned to mine the author’s text than explore the director’s ego.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“An exquisite, multifaceted gem of restoration theatre... A fine, intelligent production.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“The saving grace of the play is Congreve’s dialogue... Gwynn: glorious.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Streatfeild: subtle, convincing.. Mitchell: superb... Gwynne: a tremendous, toppling feat of self-deception, sad and ridiculous.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Elegant interpretation resists the perennial urge to update the setting, but it doesn’t yet have enough spring in its step.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Macdonald’s period-dressed revival at the Donmar rather lets the play fend for itself, and the performers must do likewise.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Gangly, clownish Gwynne is extremely funny... Akinade is scene-stealingly hilarious... Truly spectacular period costumes.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

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