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December 13, 2014

THE WITCH OF EDMONTON at The Swan is worth seeing just for Eileen Atkins as the old witch and Jay Simpson as the Devil Dog. These two create electricity when they are on stage. They are by far the best written parts and both actors perform superlatively. The play comes alive when either or both of them are present.

The rest of the play is adequate at best. I felt like I was watching a poor relative of a Shakespeare plot. Pedestrian.

Gregory Doran seems to have chosen to light this play as though we are in an open air theatre in the bright daylight. I don’t like this device in the Swan because it makes the audience too obvious and the world of the play was not separated enough. It took me more than half an hour just to get into the play. Then in the second act we get one scene by moonlight. No imagination.

Witch of Edmonton


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