Top Girls press & audience reactions

Dull Gret in armour looking out of place at the dinner party in Top GirlsWe’ll post coverage and reviews here as they appear. Check back. We’ll also post them in our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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News and reviews for tour 2012 (as they come in)

REVIEW | OXFORD TIMES – CHRISTOPHER GRAY | 25 January 2012
“Caryl Churchill’s compelling and justly famous play. Gripping. A timely revival.”

REVIEW | THE PUBLIC REVIEWS – MARY TAPPER | 25 January 2012
“Go and see – a clever, entertaining, thought provoking play with excellent production and acting. Top Girls is Top Class!”

CAROLINE CATZ INTERVIEW | OXFORD TIMES | 19 Jan 2012
“As all the different guests unfold, so does Marlene’s world, and you begin to realise how she has become this businesswoman and what it has cost her… It’s a comment on the current financial climate, Thatcherism and individualism, financial gain versus commitment in society”

REVIEW | OXFORD DAILY INFO – JEN PAWSEY | 25 January 2012
“Caryl Churchill’s play about success, feminism and the 1980s could easily have been written last year… Thought-provoking entertainment”

REVIEW | BIRMINGHAM PRESS – RICHARD LUTZ  | 18 January 2012
TOP MARKS FOR TOP GIRLS
“A real corker… Theatre that is sassy, venemous and full of content”

REVIEW | THE PUBLIC REVIEWS – SELWYN KNIGHT  | 19 January 2012
4 STARS
“A fine ensemble piece. Recommended”

REVIEW | THE HORSE BEHAVES INDECENTLY – GEORGE WANT  | 20  January 2012
“Undoubtedly brilliant… Though I still think we need a new play for modern times, this makes it clear why we still need this one”


Reviews 2011

REVIEW | TIME OUT – ANDRZEJ LUKOWSKI | 23 August 20115 STARS
“Max Stafford-Clark’s immaculate revival. Simple, cryptic, sad and hilarious ”

REVIEW | WHATSONSTAGE – MICHAEL COVENEY | 17 August 2011
5 STARS
“This stunning Out of Joint production… Brilliant, radical and resonant… And it’s beautifully acted too.”

REVIEW | LONDON EVENING STANDARD – FIONA MOUNTFORD | 17 August 2011
4 STARS
“Theatrically audacious, unmistakably heartfelt drama. Fine work from all seven actresses keeps our emotions on the spin and director Max Stafford-Clark offers a nuanced but fleet-footed production.”

REVIEW | DAILY MAIL – PATRICK MARMION | 8 July 2011
5 STARS
“Theatrical history… Genius… A touching production, impeccably cast”

REVIEW | INDEPENDENT – PAUL TAYLOR | 4 July 2011
4 STARS
“Thrilling… Directed with absolute mastery by Max Stafford-Clark… A classic play in a classic production”

REVIEW | DAILY TELEGRAPH – CHARLES SPENCER | 1 July 2011
4 STARS
“Splendidly funny and inventive… Witty, deeply felt and theatrically daring. I recommend it highly”

REVIEW | SUNDAY TIMES – MAXIE SZALWINSKA | 10 July 2011

4 STARS
“As essential as ever… Brims with sophostication and wit as well as outrage, getting us where it tickles before it gets us where it hurts.”

REVIEW | FINANCIAL TIMES – IAN SHUTTLEWORTH | 5 July 2011
4 STARS
“Max Stafford-Clark’s excellent revival… Uncomfortable in the best ways.”

REVIEW | DAILY EXPRESS – NEIL NORMAN | 1 July 2011
4 STARS
“The seven actresses are, collectively, magnificent… This is as powerful a statement about uncaring ambition, social delusion and female sacrifice now as it was then. And just as provocative, just as entertaining.”

REVIEW | GUARDIAN – MICHAEL BILLINGTON | 4 July 2011
4 STARS
“Terrifyingly topical… Max Stafford-Clark’s alert and zippy production… Suranne Jones captures excellently the hidden regrets of the go-getting Marlene, Stella Gonet seethes with justified rage as her sister and Olivia Poulet is both baffled and touching as the daughter who Marlene has pragmatically discarded… Vivid timeliness.”

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