Donmar Warehouse


21 Apr 2016 - 18 Jun 2016

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13 reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
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What if every neuron in the human brain could be mapped and decoded? Every act of human behaviour catalogued and wholly understood? Elegy imagines a very-near future in which radical and unprecedented advances in medical science mean that it’s now possible to augment and extend life.

Through the beautiful and moving story of three women who’ve made the choice between love and survival, Elegy explores a world in which the brain is no longer a mystery to us. But at what cost?


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“Admirably poised, and unsentimental... Delicate, understated direction... Most beautifully acted... You just long for more. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Challenging but compels attention... Works because we care deeply about the people... Wanamaker is superb. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Brief, brilliant, alarming... Rolling backwards... is brilliantly effective... The philosophical and ethical questions burn deep”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Short but also very intense. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Elegant, muted... superlative cast... Wanamaker is especially good... A beautiful production of a provocative play... Haunting.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Flynn suggests with beautiful restraint the watchful care the couple had for each other... Wanamaker [is] captivating. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Brilliant, deeply distressing... Superlatively acted... Taut... Feels musical... Emotionally gruelling but richly rewarding. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“While the subject matter is intriguing, the play feels a touch too brittle and the characterisation is undernourished. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Intelligent, dilemma-posing play about memory, identity, loss and love... Flynn ruffles things up a bit, brings something raw. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“A neat paradox... Yet, having declared its hand so early on, Elegy has no dramatic aces up its sleeve... We need more. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“A smattering of ideas rather than a full and satisfying discussion... Ultimately frustrating... Too short. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Rourke’s production is elegant but perhaps a bit too restrained for the real pain at the play’s heart. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Oddly sterile... It is hard to care about such blank figures... Seems a noble endeavour. It just left me unaffected. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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