How has The Winslow Boy been reviewed?
The Winslow Boy, based on a true story of a father’s fight to clear his son’s name when he is expelled after being convicted of theft, is enjoying a run at The Old Vic theatre. But how has the latest version of Terence Rattigan’s compelling play gone down with the critics? Let’s take a look at the reviews.
While trawling through the reviews, we couldn’t find a negative word about Lindsay Posner’s (the director) take on Rattigan’s play. The Guardian, giving the show 4/5 stars, said: “But much of the pleasure lies in Goodman's astonishing performance as Arthur. He reveals the dry ironist that lurks underneath the arthritic martinet, and his disappointment at Ronnie's initial failure to confide in him is overwhelmingly moving,” adding that “It's an excellent revival that shows how Rattigan, rejected in the late 1950s by theatrical fashion, was himself the victim of a grave injustice."
Sia Berekely plays Miss Barnes in The Winslow Boy
The Telegraph – the second in a trio of prominent theatre reviews in the U.K. – were even more doting, giving The Winslow Boy a full five-star review. “Naomi Frederick is superb as the Suffragette daughter who sacrifices her own happiness to the pursuit of justice; Peter Sullivan has exactly the right cold-hearted dash (and a hint of something warmer) as the brilliant barrister,” goes the review, “and there is a performance of touching comic perfection from Jay Villiers as one of Catherine’s suitors.”
And finally, The Independent, like The Guardian, awarded 4 stars, saying “his vindication as a playwright of acute emotional intelligence, elegant wit, and an extraordinary gift for expressive construction continues apace now with Lindsay Posner's consummately well-acted (if too evenly and deliberately paced) production of The Winslow Boy at the Old Vic.”
The play is on now at The Old Vic, and is running until May 25th, with the majority of days comprising both an afternoon and evening showing. So if you’re a fan of theatre, these reviews say go see it now!