D H Lawrence’s groundbreaking play, never performed in his lifetime, entwines the struggles of a young married couple with those of a community on strike.
In Nottinghamshire, 1912, trouble is brewing in the mines – and simmering closer to home. When Mrs Gascoyne discovers an explosive secret about her newly-married son, it risks the hard-earned security of her daughter-in-law. But Minnie Gascoyne isn’t going to settle without a fight.
Jack Gamble’s in-the-round staging tears down the walls of the Gascoyne family home, and exposes Lawrence’s remarkable characters to a world approaching boiling point.
Although the show is rather lengthy at 2 hours and 20 minutes, every second feels worth it
There's passion aplenty, the sting of authenticity in accents and dialect and the kind of dialogue one would expect from a writer with Lawrence's reputation
There are certainly worse plays that are revived simply because they’re famous, and so it seems sort of unfair to insist that this revival needs extra justification just because it’s not
Evocative in-the-round revival of DH Lawrence’s play of marriages and mothers
Nunn displays an effortlessly impressive emotional range and an airy sensuality in the title role
A play in which sex, class and industrial politics are effortlessly intertwined
The sheer quality of the performances here may well leave you thinking this was a binary fault that Lawrence himself never quite resolved
You’ll have a fascinating evening of working class melodrama and first class up-close acting