Quintessentially – 25 June 2010
Cumberbatch and, especially, Carroll are both sensational in incredibly difficult roles, having to convey jollity, weakness or strength as required and, when the chips are finally down, moral purpose.
The Independent – Paul Taylor – 10 June 2010
Carroll and Cumberbatch perform the scene in which they belatedly confess their tragic misunderstanding with an aching, understated intimacy…
The Guardian – Michael Billington – 9 June 2010
The Telegraph – Charles Spencer – 9 June 2010
The performances are first rate…. Cumberbatch is compelling as the alcoholic husband who sees a chance of a better life but realises he cannot bring it to fruition.
West End Whingers – 8 June 2010
This must be one of the most well-cast productions currently in town: Cumberbatch is magnetic and assured...
The Stage – John Thaxter – 9 June 2010
Upcoming star Benedict Cumberbatch here splendidly assumes midlife maturity as David.
Theatremania – Natasha Tripney – 10 June 2010
Cumberbatch’s modulated performance captures David’s complexities and his odd passivity coupled with his hunger for something more.
New Statesman – Andrew Billen – 18 June 2010
On paper, it might be hard to see why she falls for him (David), but on stage Benedict Cumberbatch, from the moment he enters, radiates a charisma that could blind a girl to his emotional immaturity and selfishness.
Time Out – Sam Marlowe – 16 June 2010
Cumberbatch’s David has the smoothness and sting of expensive hard liquor.
West End Theatre – 15 June 2010
Out of the large and uniformly excellent cast, Benedict Cumberbatch who makes David’s painful journey of self-discovery and its tragic consequences achingly moving, is superb.
Evening Standard -Henry Hitchings – 9 June 2010
But the star turns come from Nancy Carroll and Benedict Cumberbatch… while Cumberbatch’s physical pose is remarkable, it’s his voice that is the real marvel: dense as treacle, but unerringly precise
Official London Theatre – 9 June 2010
Played touchingly by Benedict Cumberbatch and Nancy Carroll – both of whose stature and clipped vowels are perfectly designed for period drama
The Wharf – Giles Broadbent – 28 June 2010
Benedict Cumberbatch is rich, regal and mellifluous as David.
Music OMH – Neil Dowden
Benedict Cumberbatch gives a satisfyingly complex performance as David, polished self-assurance concealing doubts and anxieties within