Welcome Home, Captain Fox!

Donmar Warehouse

Welcome Home, Captain Fox!

18 Feb 2016 - 16 Apr 2016

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0
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It’s the legendary hot summer of 1959 and while the Cold War rages and America tunes into I Love Lucy!, Captain Jack Fox, believed missing in action in the fields of France 15 years before, is about to be reunited with his family in The Hamptons.

But is this really Jack Fox? And if it isn’t, who is this man? And why are there 22 other families so intent on claiming him as their own?

A sparkling comedy of identity, lost and found. Playwright Anthony Weigh updates Anouilh's riotous family drama to a long, hot Summer, on the very tip of Long Island, in the America of the late 1950's.

A new version by Anthony Weigh of Jean Anouilh's hit 1937 play, Le Voyageur Sans Bagage


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“Weigh has transposed Anouilh's plot to the Hamptons in 1959 - a shift that elegantly enhances the question of escaping oneself. ”

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

“Gleefully outrageous performances... Its brand of witty cleverness is seductive. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Clever... it works well in this Long Island set-up with the black servants, martini hours and predatory women... Thoughtful fun.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“What a hoot... great cartoon fun. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“A riot of illusion and self-delusion... Top-rank comic acting... Thomas offers a masterclass in imperious maternal froideur. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Hugely entertaining... McIntyre directs with brio... a cross between a witty screwball comedy and live cartoon farce... Fab. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Quirky, cryptic and always engaging exploration of memory and identity. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“‘50s-set, ’50s-stye comedy... Mcintyre's production is brilliantly cast... Woolgar is magnificent... An enjoyable caper. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Kingsley, having a riot of a time... peerless... Webb, splendid... Reasonable fun, a lark, a bit of a cartoon. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Anouilh’s play is sourer and slighter than it at first appears. The stage is full of ill feeling, delivered with a chortle. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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