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.
Jeremy Herrin's assured, vivid production does its best to pull us along
Lesley Manville is magnetic in Tony Kushner's superb, but very long, drama
Lesley Manville confirms she's one of the all-time greats
Lesley Manville is phenomenal as a scorned capitalist hellbent on revenge in Tony Kushner’s singular but rambling take on a European classic
Lesley Manville is superlative as a vengeful billionaire in Tony Kushner’s lengthy adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play
It all feels very forced, extreme, and inauthentic
Manville is monstrous in this nightmarish tale
Tony Kushner's plodding revenge epic falls flat
A few judicious trims, and more Manville, and this Faustian fable would really chill
The Visit is a thrilling ride
A vaudevillian nightmare with an unforgivable running time
Lesley Manville rises above the prevailing muddle
Too much of a good thing
An impressive production, boasting a talented cast, intricate set and fabulous costumes
Jeremy Herrin’s production echoes the unwieldiness of Kushner’s script, opting for quantity and excess over genuine style or insight
All in all this lumbering revival tries the audience’s patience whilst offering little in return
Lesley Manville excels in The Visit
The Visit is undeniably an epic play