Photo of Michael Pennington by Catherine Ashmore

Photo of Michael Pennington by Catherine Ashmore
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Strindberg’s Dance of Death

“The Dance of Death”, August Strindberg’s black drama of domestic strife, is now playing at The Gate Theatre in Notting Hill Gate until July 6. I very much enjoyed seeing the play the other evening and it was an astonishing performance. There is definitely some humour in the Strindberg play, which is otherwise a very dark drama about marital misery. The hatred between the main characters Edgar and Alice is absolutely poisonous and it is quite scary to think that their marriage has being going for some 30 years.

The British actors in the play are brilliant and take on this drama with great intensity. I have no doubt that it must be a rather difficult play to perform. The play is indeed supposed to make us feel uneasy and it does. However, you definitely leave the theatre thinking that life is very bright compared to what you have just experienced. If you have a chance to see it and like Strindberg then don’t miss this play. It was a superb production and has been getting fantastic reviews.


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