Donmar Warehouse


30 Jul 2015 - 26 Sep 2015

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

In the opulent drawing room of the Presidential Palace, a Western photojournalist awaits the return of the dictator. She is here to take his portrait.

The dictator’s wife, her best friend and an interpreter wait with her. Prada shoes, vodka glasses and light fingers tap out the time. He is late, very late…

All four women harbour secrets and suspicions. All four are in danger. This is the day that revolution comes to the streets. 


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“Cusack is the embodiment of accustomed power... The ice at the centre of an intriguing drama. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“One of the creepiest and most accomplished new plays of the year... should whisk [Cusack] straight onto a Best Actress shortlist”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“This tightly wound four-hander more than merits revisiting... An accomplished quartet of performances... In short, splendid. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Short, demanding and riveting... An engrossing play that provides a resonant image of four women who all are captives. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Meticulous and mountingly mesmeric revival... The excellent cast have full measure of the edgy musicality of Morgan's script. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A vivid and complex picture of the lives of people who are essentially bystanders to history’s great upheavals. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Never less than intriguing, and Cusack at least offers a disturbingly glamorous perspective on a dictatorship in decline. ”

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

“Unapologetically avant-garde... Starts off as a faintly tedious oddity, and ends commanding your attention utterly. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“A play of fractured emotions, neatly reflected in Morgan’s structure. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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