Donmar Warehouse


12 Feb 2015 - 04 Apr 2015

£8.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

'There's a moment. There's always a moment...'

On its premiere in 1997, Closer won Olivier, Evening Standard and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards. Since then, the play has been produced in more than 200 cities across the world. David Leveaux now brings this most intimate of plays to the Donmar stage.

Dan rescues Alice. Anna photographs Dan. Larry meets Anna online. Alice rescues Larry. This is London at the end of the twentieth century, where lives collide and fates change in an instant.

Strangers become lovers and lovers become strangers...


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“Leveaux’s fine revival featuring an expertly balanced cast shows this 1997 play is much more than the product of its time. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Two decades on, the shock value has slightly eroded to leave the play’s intricate, ludic structure interestingly exposed. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“A great if somewhat heartless play...director David Leveaux has done a bang-up job with his revival. A tremendous cast helps. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Closer is a play about the ambiguous values and consequences of those grand universal virtues, truth and love. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Patrick Marber’s four-hander about love, sex and relationships still has the power to wound. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“A superb production of a shattering play that was ahead of its time when it premiered 18 years ago and still feels current. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“A coruscating revival [of] a profound and moving exploration of the search for intimacy by four mismatched Londoners. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Patrick Marber's searing portrayal of love and sex in a virtual age is revived by David Leveaux. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Rufus Sewell in a revival of the 1997 classic that begins uncertainly before romping home. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“It’s tempting, and it’s perilous, to go back to an old love. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Marber writes perceptively about our obsession with appearances, the perils of honesty, and the damage we can do to others. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Few plays have managed so persuasively to show – rather than simply talk eloquently about – falling in and out of love. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Do we not today face questions greater than the bed habits of metropolitan trendies from 18 years ago? ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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