After the Rehearsal / Persona
Drama

Barbican

After the Rehearsal / Persona

27 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

£16.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
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After the Rehearsal: For Hendrik Vogler, a director obsessed by his work, rehearsals are like notes in his diary, performances his autobiography. Everything is subject to his control yet it soon becomes apparent that life cannot be kept at bay when ex lover Rachel and Anna, her daughter and his current star, breach his sanctum.

Persona: Celebrated actress Elisabeth Vogler falls mute and retreats into silence. It’s as though a short circuit has occurred, calling into question the roles she must play. She is cared for in hospital by nurse Alma who then accompanies her to an island summerhouse in an attempt to coax her into speaking again. Tension between the two builds.

Double bill of plays based on the films by Ingmar Bergman

Performed in Dutch with English surtitles

Ages 14+

Barbican [Off West End]

“Little momentum as such, but it is nonetheless compelling... Jansen stands out... I came away impressed.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Fascinating double bill... artfully paired... bounce suggestively off each other... Jansen: spellbinding... Recommended.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“An undetachable whole about theatre, identity, channelling pain and transcending it... Will resonate long after the performance.”

David Nice (Arts Desk)

“After the Rehearsal: an extraordinary piece... Van Hove gives us one of his purest, most lucid productions, beautifully played.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Chilly, intellectually adroit appraisal of life, art and authenticity... Beautiful – and blatantly, knowingly false.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Stylish, stylised, intense and surreal, they are mini love letters to the filmmaker and at varying points very beautiful.”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Persona: Charged and creepy... a spectacular watery set... and a terrific performance from Jansen... The magic is still there.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Van Hove translates them with moody beauty... Versweyveld creates an astonishing series of pictures... Very clearly managed.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“I’m not saying that you need to prepare but, frankly, it helps. Yes, I’m talking about homework. Top of the list, see the films.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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