Photo (Helen McCrory) by Jason Bell. (Source)
Medea is now open at the National Theatre and will be on show until the 4th September. On the final day the performance will also be beamed live to selected cinemas. Here we have collected together selected reviews of the play and related articles.
The reviews here are all positive and reflects on the thoughts given to make the show tragic. Indeed a refrain is how the reviewer goes through an emotional roller-coaster as the play goes on and is rather relieved to be relieved of the emotional burden of the play at the end. Helen McCrory’s Medea is also well received: McCrory’s command of voice and depiction of the changing Medea garnered her high praise.
It is, however, not a five-star performance for all the reviews, yet the reviewers all have different criticisms. An odd situation arises where one’s reviewer’s vice is another’s virtue, whether that be the split-level stage or Jason’s (Daniel Spadini) performance. If you have seen the play and would like to share your review, why not post your comments below?
Reviews – Press
The Daily Mail, Quentin Letts – An exciting, fashionable production of a horrid play: QUENTIN LETTS reviews Medea
London Evening Standard, Henry Hitchings – Medea, National Theatre – theatre review: ‘Helen McCrory is on exceptional form’
The Guardian, Michael Billington – Medea review – Carrie Cracknell’s version is a tragic force to be reckoned with
Huffington Post, Victoria Sadlery – Review: Helen McCrory Stars in Medea, National Theatre
The New York Times, Ben Brantley – Passions Running to Art, or Infanticide
The Observer, Susannah Clapp – Medea review – clenched and forceful
The Times, Kate Bassett (paywall) – Medea at The Olivier, SE1
Times Literary Supplement, Mary Beard – Domestic violence
What’s on Stage, Michael Coveney – Medea (NT Olivier)
Reviews – blogs
Classically Inclined, Liz Gloyn – Medea at the National Theatre
Goldfrapp and the Music
The Independent – Medea: How Goldfrapp scored the Greek tragedy
London Evening Standard – I was terrified of taking on this role … I thought it would give me a heart attack, says Helen McCrory
Last update: 31/07/2014, 9:47am