Four Stars for Fanny & Alexander

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Find out what the critics are saying about Stephen Beresford’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Olivier and Oscar-award winning film, Fanny and Alexander.

Four Stars

The Sunday Times

‘A memoir of childhood that also slyly echoes Hamlet, replayed in turn-of-the-century Sweden to thrilling and moving effect, it’s a richly colourful and assured recreation, and a brave, unquestionable triumph for the Old Vic.’

Four Stars

The Independent

‘The early scenes in Max Webster’s fluent, beautifully acted production, are a delight as the red velvet curtains swish around sculpting spaces for the sequence of family celebrations that, throughout the piece, are wittily marked by mimed ingestion and servants reciting the detailed mouth-watering menus into microphones.  Penelope Wilton is superb as the grandmother and head of the household, Helena…  She and Michael Pennington as her former lover, Isaak Jacobi, are exquisitely comic in their scenes of tender, ridiculous reminiscence.’

Four Stars

The Observer

‘Penelope Wilton is an animated advertisement for having a good time when ingénue roles are behind you. Egotism – or shall we call it self-assurance – helps. Wilton is wonderfully funny as she bosoms her way over everyone else’s lines at a Hamlet rehearsal, and snobbishly quells an upstart wife with a flick of her eye. But she is also generous and skittish. No wonder her grandchildren want to be in her arms, nor that she has a long-time admirer: a Jewish patriarch and magician – twinkling, dapper Michael Pennington.’

Four Stars

Time Out

‘It’s possessed of a surging emotional swoop and visual audacity that bursts its way into your heart.’

Four Stars

Financial Times

‘Penelope Wilton… turns in a beautiful performance as the unflappable, unfoolable materfamilias Helena Ekdahl.’

Four Stars

Evening Standard

‘Penelope Wilton as proud matriarch Helena, who puts the ‘grand’ in grandmother. Presiding over the privileged world in which siblings Fanny and Alexander grow up — a place where fantasy keeps clashing with reality — she radiates warmth and wise authority.’

Four Stars

WhatsOnStage

‘In celebrating the power of stagecraft, Beresford and Webster have made a truly effective slice of theatre.’

Fanny & Alexander is playing until 14 April. Tell us what you thought on TwitterFacebook or Instagram using #OVFandA.

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