Knives In Hens

Donmar Warehouse

Knives In Hens

17 Aug 2017 - 07 Oct 2017

£18.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

I have no name for the thing which is in my head. It is not envy. It is more than envy. It does not scare me. I must look close enough to look at what it is.

A ploughman and his wife live a simple existence in a pre-industrial time until they, along with the hated local miller, are drawn into a struggle of knowledge, power and attraction.


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“Hypnotically powerful... as if [Farber] has direct access to the subconscious of this stark, strange three-hander... Recommended”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Punch-to-the-guts revival... Harrower's language is curt and harsh: the cast hack the story out with it... Roddy is excellent.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Visually powerful if aurally overloaded... Farber’s production reminds you that language brings with it the capacity to lie.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Tough, demanding, absorbing: a rural, elemental rhapsody, terse yet rich, and at once mysterious and limpid... Fascinating.”

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

“Farber, redeeming herself... confirms the play’s status as a modern classic with a revival that doesn’t slacken its grip.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“The story is compelling... Farber's darkly emotional direction makes it feel ponderous and slow... Atmospheric, powerful. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Haunting, atmospheric production... Farber parses text and transforms it into imagery like few directors can. ”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Uncompromising, superstitious primitive... a blazingly effective, courageous and committed performance by Judith Roddy.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Farber: achieves her trademark mix of potent physicality, precise choreography and enigma... Dark, earthy and admirably strange.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“This atmospheric production does, at its better moments, successfully traverse the liminal space between dream and reality.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“A strange, singular and potent play... Farber’s sombre, tactile staging is impressive... The performances are tremendous.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Radical, ritualistic.. The language is taut and visceral and the dramatic impetus slow but inexorable... Remains impressive.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Tense, violent, unrelenting... Roddy: superb... Farber directs surely, and the fluent physicality of the evening is striking.”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“Striking images... I found myself amused by the air of foreboding, but the atmosphere hangs heavy, and you laugh at your peril.”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

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