Trafalgar Studios


29 Jul 2017 - 18 Nov 2017

£43.00 - £110.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Kristin's evangelical dedication to her career and political activism has resulted in her sons harbouring deep rooted and barely suppressed resentments towards her.

As she presides over her birthday celebration, the fissures in her relationship with them are brought to the fore by the recent publication of her memoir and force her to question the choices she has made in life.


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“A fascinating play that tackles, head on, the subject of women, ageing and motherhood... Brilliant.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Psychologically acute... With Channing at the heart of all its richest moments, it has plenty of bite and some big laughs. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“An almost Lady Bracknell-esque... gaze magnificently communicated in Channing’s withheld performance... Recommended.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Channing is on top form in Jamie Lloyd’s revival of this sharply funny, thought-provoking look at ideals and their legacy.”

Tom Wicker (Time Out, The Stage, Telegraph)

“Sparky performances... Lloyd delivers a satisfyingly bumpy ride and it is hard to take your eyes off Channing.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Channing's performance is magnificent as we see the monstrosities give way to the tearful grief.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Channing’s performance is full of pain and intelligence... but the writing doesn’t offer really offer enough to grab on.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Without softening the character, Channing skilfully suggests Kristin is a damaged spirit... Carmichael is excellent.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Now seems less subtle and complex... Both play and production are less challenging, less meaty than they appear.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Takes us on to refreshingly different ground. The first-half dialogue crackles... Plenty of watchable give-and-take.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Channing admirably refuses to sentimentalise her character, but her impassive expression and dry monotone become wearing.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Strongly acted, often funny and with some memorably acerbic one-liners, and it’s given the usual dynamic direction by Lloyd.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“many good and funny one-liners... more like a series of carefully prepared appetisers than a truly satisfying meal. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Channing... drawls her put-downs with panache... but the turns of phrase often don’t merit the laughs they get.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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