The Go-Between

Apollo Shaftesbury Ave

The Go-Between

27 May 2016 - 15 Oct 2016

£23.00 - £87.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

Leo Colston can no longer hide from the memories of his past. Memories of the gloriously hot summer of 1900 and of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back. The events of that summer and the devastating effects of love denied will shape his life forever.

Spending the holidays with the family of his school friend Marcus in their luxurious country home, the young Leo finds himself acting as the go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted who are embroiled in a forbidden secret love affair. The innocent Leo gets caught up in the adult atmosphere of deceit and manipulation as he risks everything in this deeply moving coming of age story.

Adaptation of Hartley's classic novel


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“Low-key but unforgettable.. A lone grand piano draws harmonies, discords and operatic recitative from the ever-shifting ensemble”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Haunting new British musical offers a darkly textured journey into the past... Crawford here has been cast to his strengths. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“The late-Victorian dialogue is arch; the chamber-drama style and silvery lighting accentuate a claustrophobic nostalgia. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Enthralling, beautifully textured... Fleshes out a dialogue between present and past... A striking imaginative integrity. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Crawford is deeply moving in a subtle and powerful musical adaptation. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“In this delicate semi-operatic musical, veteran entertainer Michael Crawford makes a quietly triumphant return to the stage. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Curiously austere... The focus on memory means the action in the Norfolk of 1900 doesn’t really take independent flight. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“While Crawford can sustain the odd note, it’s as if he totters under the weight of the tunes... Quiet profundity. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Interminable-seeming... There are things to admire... Crawford is affecting... Elegiac elegance. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Not an evening of discernible breakout numbers... Resolutely minor-key, innately English. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Elegant, elegiac... Haines’s production is imaginative and decorous, featuring excellent performances. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Far too dreamily elegiac for a snobbish Edwardian milieu... A mild-mannered costume drama with singing. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Not so much a musical as a play set to music... If only something other than the summer sizzled. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Perfectly tolerable... nothing to set the pulse racing... Smart, compact and downcast... A general air of safeness. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

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