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March 11, 2013

Alan Bennet‘s new play “People” in the Lyttelton Theatre at the National is a grand affair created by Theatrical Aristocracy. I can’t imagine what the budget was for the set alone which realistically places us in a grand room of an old country house. Few productions outside of the National Theatre manage this kind of scale. The sense of reality sets the stage for something special.

Frances de la Tour and Linda Bassett are truly wonderful as the Sisters stranded in the past decay of their family home. They are supported by a very large cast who are all perfectly acceptable. It is a good play and mildly amusing but I am sorry to say that it just doesn’t reach the lofty heights set by the scale. It is as if the story like the Sisters has become lost inside the grand set of this decaying country house. I was expecting a whole new perspective in the second act but we mostly got more of the first Act.



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