Faith Healer

Donmar Warehouse

Faith Healer

23 Jun 2016 - 20 Aug 2016

£18.00 - £18.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

4.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

The Fantastic Frank Hardy. Faith Healer. One Night Only.

Throughout the remote and forgotten corners of the British Isles, Frank Hardy offers the promise of redemption to the sick and the suffering.

But his is an unreliable gift, a dangerous calling which brings him into conflict with his wife Grace and his manager Teddy. Their accounts of their lives together and their memories of the past collide as they attempt to understand the power which lies at the heart of Frank’s ministry.

A play about the possibility of genius, and the certainty of failure.


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“Immaculate production... Dillane’s haunting... McKee, unforgettable... Cook plays Teddy magnificently... A masterpiece. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“The poetic grace and feeling of Friel's script is achingly inhabited in the spellbinding intensity of the narrators. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Eloquent profound vision... Turner’s cast cannot be bettered... Devlin’s design suggests just enough... Will haunt me. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Has a stillness that invites a theatrical miracle... Verbally hypnotic, emotionally intense and compellingly ambiguous. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Exceptional, spellbinding... Beautifully measured and nuanced production...Richly inhabited detail... Something special. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Haunting... Mesmerising revival... Demands the suspension of disbelief and relies entirely on three superb performances. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“A play of perspectives; asks us to join the dots and fill in the gaps... Eloquent, elegant design... Beautifully acted. ”

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

“Frank is an irresistible figure... In a performance of real potency, Dillane captures his mix of vanity and self-doubt. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“A masterfully unhurried performance by a wild-haired Dillane... The words themselves teem with dramatic action. ”

Bella Todd (The Stage, Arts Desk, Time Out)

“A daring and complicated drama... In Turner’s luminescent production, Dillane is a marvel... Cook is immaculate. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“A treacly pace... When there is so much lyricism, you need to whip through it or the thing becomes glacial – as happens here. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Cook's stonking performance provides the production's highlight... It's missing Hardy's magnetic, transcendental hold. ”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

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