The Madras House

BY HARLEY GRANVILLE BARKER
6 September 2006 — 14 November 2006

"Cracking production of The Madras House ... You can't mistake its wit, intelligence and sudden moments of deep feeling ... Memorably captures the play's witty Shavian debate and sudden shafts of piercing emotion. Richard Durden is both craggily charismatic and hypnotically plausible as the former fashion designer turned Muslim, while Jan Carey captures all the wan despair of his abandoned wife.Timothy Watson is outstanding as their chilly, idealistic son...and there's strong support from Jacqueline King, Octavia Walters, Catherine Hamilton, John Chancer and Mark Frost. This is an admirable revival of a rich and fascinating play." The Telegraph

"Fascinating critique of Edwardian society and its exploitation of women ... Sam Walters's articulate, beautifully acted production. The vital link in The Madras House's episodic scheme is Timothy Watson's fine, bleakly becalmed Philip Madras ... Philip's father, Constantine emerges in Richard Durden's suavely duplicitous performance as the embodiment of the sexual hypocrisy, cruelty and marital subterfuge that his son avoids. Worth viewing." The Evening Standard

"Durden’s Constantine adds a surprising originality to the play’s many fine qualities. He is suave, sophisticated, articulate, sensual, as much the male chauvinist as an Afghan warlord." The Times

"The pleasure of this 1910 play lies in seeing Granville Barker comprehensively air the question of sexual equality. The excellent Timothy Watson as the coldly reformist Philip and Catherine Hamilton as his neglected wife." The Guardian

"A high-precision production played with elegance, clarity, an unerring sense of the period and a sensitive but ruthless understanding of character ... Nearly 100 years on, this still grips you" Sunday Times

"Sam Walters' production of Harley Granville Barker's 1910 play is a terrific achievement. There's a profusion of wonderfully ambigious characters - all brought to splendid, convincing life by Walters' cast. It's a demanding play but one that richly rewards careful attention." Time Out

"Led by a fine, brooding performance from Timothy Watson ... The play ignites into dazzling debate that is still remarkably resonant." Financial Times