Benedict Cumberbatch is marvellous in the lead. Cooke is a great actors’ director and he releases something in Cumberbatch we have not seen before. On Sunday, Cumberbatch was spot-on on the TV in Stuart – a Life Backwards with Tom Hardy who is surely the Marlon Brando of our era. Here, in Martin Crimp’s excellent translation, he surpasses himself.
Curtain Up – Lizzie Loveridge
The Stage – Gerald Berkowitz
Benedict Cumberbatch depicts a man for whom ordinary life was puzzling enough, so that it is as much his inability to keep up with things as any strength of character that keeps him human. But by suggesting that a certain degree of bumbling is the essence of humanity, his performance and the production as a whole nicely make Ionesco’s political point that joining the herd is a violation of human and humane values
Music OMH – Simon Thomas
Apart from some appropriately farcical moments, the cast led by the excellent Benedict Cumberbatch give totally naturalistic performances despite a situation that is as absurd as you can imagine, and it’s all the funnier for it
British Theatre Guide
Leading the cast, screen regular Benedict Cumberbatch, who has made his name on stage in much grimmer roles, particularly when playing opposite Eve Best in Hedda Gabler, shows that he also has a talent for comedy.
Variety – David Benedict