The House of Mirrors and Hearts

Arcola

The House of Mirrors and Hearts

02 Jul 2015 - 01 Aug 2015

£10.00 - £19.00

Pro reviewers rating
6 reviews

2.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

3.0 out of 5.0

Keeping secrets is a kind of art…

When Anna’s husband is killed in a tragic accident at their home, her family’s life is changed forever. Seven years pass and, torn apart by grief, Anna has drunk herself numb.

Her daughters, Lily and Laura, exist in a world of secrets and lies. They spend their days in bitter silence and suspicion, until Nathan, a new lodger studying the works of a forgotten poet, forces them to confront their past. Tensions within the family build, threatening to shatter this already broken household once and for all.

A timeless, atmospheric and intoxicating musical, The House of Mirrors and Hearts is a contemporary British story about a dysfunctional family haunted by their past.

 

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“Meticulously constructed psychological thriller complemented by a gripping score and a cast that knows how to exploit it. ”

Paul Vale (The Stage)

“Has a haunting and intriguing quality, as long as one can first wade through the utter nonsense that is the plot. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“A taut, plausible and ultimately moving production that goes some way to demonstrate the power of language, love and grief. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“The cast... bring a fierce conviction to the long, plangent chromatic lines and troubled dissonances in O'Dwyer's score. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“This curious musical has a beautiful score but never finds its tone, flinging together schlock horror and romance. ”

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

“Laborious and faintly ludicrous... would seem way too long were it not for the stunning performance of Gillian Kirkpatrick. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

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