July 17th, 2019
Acting legend Clive Owen has returned to the West End after 19 years as he stars as shamed vicar in Tennessee William's lesser-known play, The Night of the Iguana. But what did the critics think of this rarely revived classic?
The Evening Standard praised Owen, and his equally as famous co-star, Lia Williams saying "Lia Williams triumphs alongside Clive Owen in... fascinating Tennessee William's revival". They finished with "This is only the second major London staging...since 1992 but its core message - that kindness and dignity matter, even to lost souls - feels pretty refreshing right now."
The Arts Desk was also full of praise for this James Macdonald helmed revival saying "James Macdonald's superb revival, which boasts a majestic creeper-strewn mountain-top set by Rae Smith".
Time Out said, "Williams seethingly weird human stew is hair-raising stuff, compassionate, cruel, macabre and intense, pepped up by shot after shot of tar-black humour". They continued with "It has a terrifically entertaining cast, led from the front by a gonzo Owen, funny and frazzled... And Smith's set is a thing of wonder."
What is The Night of the Iguana about?
The drama follows a spinster, a widow and clergyman as they are forced to interact with one another after finding themselves stranded on a neglected hotel veranda, high above a Mexican rain-forest. The recipe of personalities results in an epic battle which is only heightened by the arrival of a tropical rainstorm.
The Night of the Iguana is now play playing at the Noel Coward Theatre through to 28 September.
View our show pages for more information about The Night Of The Iguana, Noel Coward Theatre.
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