My blog has quite a lot of posts about Samuel West (Julius Caesar, On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour) and Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady Australian tour and Henry IX).

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Samuel West - Theatre - Dealer's Choice

[updated 5 January 2010]

Dealer's Choice by Patrick Marber

Director: Samuel West

Samuel Barnett - Carl
Ross Boatman - Sweeney
Roger Lloyd Pack - Ash
Jay Simpson - Frankie
Malcolm Sinclair - Stephen
Stephen Wight - Mugsy


John Morrison
"...I was thrilled by this revival in the intimate space of the Menier Chocolate Factory... In Samuel West's direction, the play comes up fresh as a daisy and confirms my view that Patrick Marber is a playwright of huge talent..."

"...you'll be caught up in the mounting tension of Samuel West's excellent revival of this fast-paced drama..."

Rogues & Vagabonds
"...this production is beautifully directed and supremely well acted by all."

The Spectator
"If you can get in, I urge you to go and see the revival of Patrick Marber’s debut play Dealer’s Choice, directed by Samuel West at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Although this brilliant production is in fact transferring to the West End soon (Trafalgar Studios) the original venue is charming and complements the play (which is nominally about poker, but, typically of Marber, also deals with the emotional tension of human relationships) so well, it is worth begging for returns."

[from another review] "...Sam West has created a powerful, fleet-footed revival..."

"...Samuel West's absorbing and superbly cast revival..."

Reviews Gate
"...Samuel West gives a markedly humane tone to the micro-world of amateur gamblers in his Menier revival of Patrick Marber’s debut play..."

"...If one wanted proof of a play that was simply awaiting the right director to lay all its virtues bare, this is it. As for West, who knows how many more aces this fine actor turned top director holds up his sleeve?"

Financial Times
"...a beautifully pitched production by Samuel West..."

Curtain Up
"...This excellent production of a smashing play deserves a full house every night."

Daily Mail
"...Samuel West's explosively acted production..."

What's on stage
"...The proceedings are brilliantly directed by West..."

Daily Express
"...given tight direction by Samuel West..."

London SE1
"...solid directing by Samuel West..."

"...The joy of West's production... lies in the quality of the performances..."

"...Samuel West’s superb revival..."

The Stage
"...One thing this high octane play about masculinity, trust, aggression and loyalty needs is a crackling ensemble - and under the direction of Samuel West it fizzes like a Catherine Wheel..."

"...Samuel West, a poker player himself, directs a compelling production that captures the excitement of the game, Marber's often hilarious humour and the drama's sudden disconcerting glimpses of despair..."

Evening Standard
"...Samuel West's gripping production of this psychological comedy..."

Interval Drinks
"...The play runs at well over two hours but it flits by, every moment used wisely..."

Time Out
"...A winning flush of pure hilarity is what makes Samuel West’s revival of Patrick Marber’s blokeish debut irresistible..."


whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice awards nominations [link]
Evening Standard Theatre Awards [link]
Menier Chocolate Factory
Samuel Barnett 1|2|3|4
Ross Boatman 1|2
Roger Lloyd Pack 1|2|3
Jay Simpson 1|2
Malcolm Sinclair 1|2
Stephen Wight 1|2|3

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