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Reader review of the week: ‘Scenes from a Marriage’

Posted at 3:30 pm, October 6, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Scenes from a Marriage, St James Theatre, London

Reviewing ‘Scenes from a Marriage‘, playing at St James’ Theatre until Nov 9, Richard Callanan writes:

Thirty-somethings should have a health warning about this production – it may change their lives. Or perhaps a certificate of attendance should be required before every marriage. This theatre adaptation of Bergman’s script (it started as a television series and became a film) pulls no punches, but it does not exaggerate either. It follows ten years in the marriage of a bright, well-meaning couple – she’s a family lawyer, he’s a university lecturer. There are laughs and there are tears; there are surprising but credible twists and turns. You are left nodding with recognition.

Such an emotional text requires no histrionics but precise and committed playing. Here the two leading actors, Olivia Williams and Mark Bazeley give whole-hearted, intelligent performances which should have them among the annual award winners. The rest of the cast give excellent support. As you would expect from a practised master like Trevor Nunn, the direction is meticulously shaped. This is a show for grown-ups. ★★★★★

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