The Slaves of Solitude
Drama

Hampstead Theatre

The Slaves of Solitude

20 Oct 2017 - 25 Nov 2017

£10.00 - £37.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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Have I shocked you? Have I bruised the delicate feelings of the English Miss? Miss Missed-herchance. Miss Missed-her-man. Miss Prim. Miss Prude

1943, Henley-on-Thames. Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the Rosamund Tea
Rooms boarding house, which is as grey and lonely as its residents. From the safety of these new
quarters, her war now consists of a thousand petty humiliations, of which the most burdensome
is sharing her daily life with the unbearable Mr. Thwaites.

But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American Lieutenant and things start
to look distinctly brighter… Until, that is, a seeming friend moves into the room adjacent to
Miss Roach’s, upsetting the precariously balanced ecosystem of the house…

Adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s much-loved story.

World Premiere

Hampstead Theatre [Off West End]

“Humane, rueful, oddly hopeful...... Woolgar, perfect in every thwarted, eager, scrupulous move and expression.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“You can have fun with the allegorical resonances, but you will be too busy getting caught up in the gnarly human drama of it all”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“There is much here to quietly engage for a couple of hours, as long as it isn’t any kind of optimism you’re looking for.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“An enticing prospect... Woolgar: a nuanced and delicate turn... Yet satisfaction overall is on the ration.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Woolgar: wonderful at mining their trademark stiff-upper-lip-ness for the emotion, like a ripple breaking the surface.”

Tom Wicker (Time Out, The Stage, Telegraph)

“Patchy adaptation... Woolgar gives a performance of typical nuance and grace... None of the characters are as well developed.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Stately and not always involving pace... A sensational naturalistic set... The underlying passion never breaks through.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Kent's fine production moves at a meditative pace... Woolgar: perfect casting... gangly, beautifully nuanced and self-thwarting.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Woolgar: magnificent... Well-judged support from Francis... Never as emotionally pungent as it aims and needs to be.. ”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“I have not read the book but suspect it brings out more of the inner turmoil... Watchable enough but rather underpowered.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“A polished, unpretentious staging... Builds to a satisfying head of self-inflicted misery... Good... but the book is better.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Francis is unforgettable as the boarding house bully, spilling over with vicious joviality and florid circumlocutions.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Opulently staged... The fabulous Woolgar doing uncomfortable repressed restraint like no other. ”

West End Whingers

“Little distinctiveness in the writing, and no real sense of Hamiltonian futility... Characterisation is too thin... A dud.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

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