The Changeling

Shakespeares Globe

The Changeling

15 Jan 2015 - 01 Mar 2015

£10.00 - £60.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
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The beautiful Beatrice-Joanna loves Alsemero, but she’s betrothed to another. So her fiancé must die – not by her hand, of course, but by that of the repulsive servant De Flores. Unfortunately it’s not money De Flores claims as his reward, but sex – and with the sweet virgin Beatrice-Joanna herself.

Charged with Middleton’s ferocious dramatic irony, and leavened by Rowley’s wild comic sub-plot, nothing in English drama comes near to this tale of a liaison based on repulsion and fascination. In fact, with its ghosts, dumb shows, scenes of Bedlam, and atmosphere of depraved violence, The Changeling runs the gamut of the Jacobean stage.


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“Morahan can go to enormous extremes without appearing to work too hard. She’s extraordinary. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“This fine ensemble of actors in period costume really knows how to twist the humorous knife. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“This new production of the Jacobean tragedy is unforgettably primal and thrilling. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“The Wanamaker plays like a dream: murder's most foul in its half-light, yet laughs simmer throughout. ”

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

“The Changeling has been more disturbing... Yet the play can never have been so acutely funny. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“A fine-tuned revival by Dominic Dromgoole of this grisly 1622 masterpiece... a chillingly good performance from Hattie Morahan.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Morahan brings a mix of regal wilfulness and wayward vulnerability to her role as a morally flawed young woman. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Laughter and screams come in the same breath... Dromgoole’s...production...does it proper, enjoyable, unpleasant justice. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Dominic Dromgoole’s new take for the Globe positively revels in everything ludicrous and anachronistic about ‘The Changeling’. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Middleton and Rowley’s tragedy has never been so acutely funny”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“If comedy equals tragedy plus time, then Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s 1622 tragedy ‘The Changeling’ has had almost four”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“A bloody, brutal tale (even my seat was murder!) ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“The feverish pace this often far-fetched plot needs to carry it can evaporate on occasion. ”

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

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