West End Review, November 2012, part one: Critics Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard) & Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) join Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) to talk about the latest batch of major new shows: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre), Love and Information (Royal Court), 55 Days (Hampstead), Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre) & Loserville (Garrick).
Recorded 26-10-2012 at Dewynters.
“This [Red Velvet] is my kind of history play – I prefer this infinitely to 55 Days. For one thing it’s got warmth and wit and it’s beautifully designed and beautifully directed by Indhu Rubasingham – it’s always nice when someone takes over running a theatre with a play about the theatre, which is one thing this play is about… it’s also rather savagely about race. It has been misrepresented in the press as this bare-faced star-vehicle for Adrian Lester, who is terrific in it but that’s to undersell the achievements of the other people involved, which I think are considerable.”