Friday, May 15, 2015

Communicating Doors at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Communicating Doors has now opened and the reviews are coming in.
The revival of the play, first produced in 1994 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, has received several four star reviews and been well-received by critics. A taste of the reviews can be found below.
The production is directed by Lindsay Posner and stars David Bamber, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Matthew Cottle, Robert Portal, Imogen Stubbs and Rachel Tucker.
Communicating Doors can be seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 27 June and further details and bookings can be found here.

Communicating Doors - What The Critics Say

The Guardian (Michael Billington) - 4 stars
"[Communicating Doors] has echoes of Back to the Future, Psycho and the time-plays of JB Priestley. But what is impressive is how Ayckbourn uses a fiendishly clever plot to impart the cheering message that foreknowledge enables us to alter our destiny."

Daily Telegraph (Ben Lawrence) - 4 stars
"It’s [Communicating Doors] a surprisingly sobering, sensitive work that’s handled expertly here in Lindsay Posner’s touching, warm-hearted revival."

Sunday Times (Christopher Hart) - 4 Stars
"It's an elegant, feminist-tinged fable about female solidarity triumphing over male beastliness."

Daily Mail (Quentin Letts) - 4 stars
"The first scene is slow but after that the farcical momentum - knife-edge entrances and exits, bedroom clothes and domestic tension - takes grip."

The Stage (Mark Shenton) - 4 stars
"It [Communicating Doors] becomes altogether weirdly wonderful. At one point in Act II, I cried with laughter; but at other points, I was chilled and thrilled. It is performed to perfection by a brilliant ensemble cast."

The Times (Dominic Maxwell) - 3 stars
"Lindsay Posner’s polished, slightly updated revival, ends up as a happy, highly enjoyable piece of hokum."

What's On Stage (Michael Coveney) - 3 stars
"[Communicating Doors] combines elements of time-travelling - as in Dr Who and the plays of J B Priestley - the Psycho shower scene, boulevard farce à la Cooney and high comedy à la Coward. Only Ayckbourn would have the audacity to attempt a fusion of so many disparate genres."

Communicating Doors can be seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 27 June and further details and bookings can be found here.