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, 16 August 2011

Ruth Wilson - Theatre - Anna Christie


Front Row (5 August)
BBC Breakfast
Lottie Moggach, "Why fame leaves Ruth Wilson cold", The Times (9 August), pp. 10-11


Guardian (via Ruth Wilson - The Placeholder Blog)


Press night (wooller.com)


"Anna is played rivetingly by Ruth Wilson with a frankness and vulnerability and Rob Ashford’s production sustains the play’s intensity beautifully."

"Wilson triumphs in it [the role]: strutting and slumping like a sot but talking in languorous cadences which float questioningly over her unflinching statements."

[another review] "What Wilson captures with seeming effortlessness are the contradictions inside Anna: the aching loneliness of soul, the temporary satisfaction that stems from Mat's love and the final desolate uncertainty as he takes once more to the sea."

"Wilson brilliantly conveys contrary emotions..."

[a different review] "Wilson is magnificent in every department as Anna. She manages to combine a caustic, world-weary cynicism and a vulnerability to new experience."

Financial Times
"Ruth Wilson is captivating... her Anna has a brittle quality and a smile that breaks across her hardened face then fades as quickly as it came."

The Stage

The Arts Desk
"Ruth Wilson brings both toughness and vulnerability to the role of the weary prostitute given a tantalising glimpse of a better life. There is an emotional rawness here..."

Official London Theatre
"Ruth Wilson captures Anna’s hardened self-defence system and independent spirit, which is gradually softened by her affection for Mat."

Sunday Times (Christopher Hart, 14 August)
"Ruth Wilson, as Anna, is mesmerising from first appearance."

The Times (Libby Purves, 11 August)
"Wilson's Anna is a terrific creation. A cynical, wounded, painted barfly, she is softened into wonder by the sea she has never seen before, and reaches a magnificent dignity as her secret unravels."

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