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Critic's Notebook: A summer banquet of British actresses

July 16, 2011 |  6:30 am

ZoeLondon is providing a showcase this summer for some of Britain’s finest actresses, who are testing their mettle in an array of classics, contemporary and not-so-contemporary.

In a Sunday Arts and Books critic’s notebook, I review some of the offerings — Eve Best in “Much Ado About Nothing,” Zoë Wanamaker in “The Cherry Orchard,” Kristin Scott Thomas in “Betrayal,” Penelope Wilton and Imelda Staunton in “A Delicate Balance” and Felicity Jones in “Luise Miller” — and consider what sets these remarkable talents apart. 

These actresses may not have all been born in England and Scott Thomas may feel more affinity with the French, but they exemplify a fundamental ethic of British theatrical training — that acting should serve not itself but the playwright’s vision. Click here to read the story.


Classics in a fresh new light

-- Charles McNulty\charlesmcnulty

Photo: Zoë Wanamaker in "the Cherry Orchard;" Credit Catherine Ashmore