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Hapgood

Hapgood

by Tom Stoppard

Aldwych Theatre

Reviews

This is a metaphysical spy-thriller, intricate, elegant and lucid. People may never be what they seem, which is frustrating if your job is to identify them and heart-breaking if you happen to have a heart. In Elizabeth Hapgood and Joe Kerner, the heart is still beating: and felicity Kendal and Roger Rees play a highly charged duet in which a sense of loss and regret is kept under iron control by undercover efficiency. Not for the first time, the poignancy of Stoppard’s writing comes from the poetry of private pain beating like a wounded bird against the cage of intellectual ingenuity. Hapgood has no rival in London.

Sunday Times, John Peter

‘Hapgood’ is directed by Peter Wood and designed by Carl Toms À both working lightly and fluently. It is expertly played as an emotional striptease of boulevard comedy, a style which promises everything but conceals all.

Observer, Michael Ratcliffe

The action is like an interlocking series of Chinese boxes and the ideas are expounded in intellectual arias. It is Stoppard’s most cunning play yet, precisely because it manages to link, almost subliminally, its various themes. Roger Kees as Kerner not only gets the scientific ideas across but also uses his nervy, staccato style to imply a character hopelessly torn between two cultures. And Nigel Hawthorne as Blair veils the character in light irony. Iain Glen as Riley, sounding off in a shooting range, neatly splits himself in two.

Arts Guardian, Michael Billington

Felicity Kendal brings a formidable technique to her one, or two, roles. I enjoyed the portrayal of Ridley, suspect number three, by Iain Glen. The curious air of unreality he occasionally exudes is entirely appropriate.

The Daily Telegraph, Charles Osborne

Credits

Felicity Kendal
Hapgood
Nigel Hawthorne
Blair
Iain Glen
Ridley
Roger Rees
Kerner
Al Mathews
Wates
Adam Norton
Merryweather
Patrick Gordon
Russian
Cristopher Price, Andrew Read
Joe
Roger Gartland
Maggs
Peter Wood
Director
Carl Toms
Designer
David heresy
Lighting


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It is expertly played as an emotional striptease of boulevard comedy, a style which promises everything but conceals all.