One of my most memorable theatrical experiences was a long ago Complicite staging of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s strange fable about a woman with a fortune who returns to the town of her birth which has fallen on hard times. So, Jeremy Herrin’s revival is going to have a lot to live up to. But the omens are good. Relocated to the upstate New York town of Slurry in the post-war era, it comes in a new version by Tony ‘Angels in America’ Kushner, has Vicki Mortimer doing the design and comes with a crack cast led by the incomparable Lesley Manville as a rich woman on a mission.
Jeremy Herrin (This House) directs Lesley Manville (The Phantom Thread, Long Day’s Journey into Night) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) as former lovers in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s visionary revenge play, transported into mid-20th-century America by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). In the town of Slurry, New York, post-war recession has bitten. Claire Zachanassian, improbably beautiful and impenetrably terrifying, returns to her hometown as the world’s richest woman. The locals hope her arrival signals a change in their fortunes, but they soon realise that prosperity will only come at a terrible price.