The Lower Depths
Drama

Arcola

The Lower Depths

11 Jan 2017 - 11 Feb 2017

£12.00 - £19.00

Pro reviewers rating
6 reviews

2.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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The truth is a blade that can turn.

Out of sight and out of mind, Russia’s lost souls spend their days in squalor. Hope can be found in a drink or a dream. But when reality is ignored, how can it be changed?

Visceral, fierce, stark and often funny, Gorky's play pushes at the limits of the human spirit and reveals a society at breaking point.

Translated by Brooks and Hunter-Blair. 

Part of the Revolution season.

Arcola [Fringe,Off West End]

“A matter of luxuriating in the production without getting too caught up in the authorial arguments that aren’t there.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Gorky’s play endures, not just because of the long shadow it casts: it is because of its blend of compassion and cruelty.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“We are certainly stranded in the absolute depths of despair here... Lengthy, random ramblings... Enervating... Purgatorial.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Much mordant wit amid the sprawling, rambling discussions and fights... an awful lot more existential angst and gloomy musings.”

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

“Creaks with age... Full of speeches that bulldoze repeatedly through the same theme... Blunt sparks of humour.”

Tom Wicker (Time Out, The Stage, Telegraph)

“An awkward, overlong adaptation of Gorky’s first big success... The result is tedium.”

Fergus Morgan (The Stage)

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