4-Star reviews all-round as The Stage declares Our Town a ‘Spellbinding Production’
A new production of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play Our Town opened for press night at The Royal Exchange earlier this week. Winterson’s actor, Patrick Elue, impressed in the leading role of George Gibbs. Mark Shenton, Associate Editor and Joint Lead Critic for The Stage, dubbed the play a ‘Spellbinding Production’.
“Frankcom’s production is expertly stage-managed to play in-the-round. It wraps the audience in a warm embrace. Skilful lighting by Jack Knowles focuses on the actors we need to see and keep track of, as we follow Emily and George, respectively fathered by the local doctor and newspaper editor, as they meet and marry. Our Town is a play about the circle of life and it emphasises this by engaging directly with an audience also arranged in a circle.”
★★★★ – The Stage
“Watching the lives and love of teenage sweethearts Emily Webb (Norah Lopez Holden) and George Gibbs (Patrick Elue) unfold, it’s you and me we’re spying on, and ultimately, in the third act, it’s you, not the cold dead Emily, who begs her graveside neighbours to let her relive one day, so she can taste life properly this time.”
★★★★ – WhatsOnStage
“Patrick Elue and Norah Lopez Holden deliver a deliciously jittery teenage romance as George and Emily.”
★★★★ – Reviews Hub
“A bold performance that questions identity and how the place we live defines who we are, proves a strong start to the Royal Exchange’s Autumn season.”
★★★★ – Manchester Evening News
This is a fantastic set of reviews for what is undoubtedly also an extremely enchanting and unique show. A huge congratulations to Patrick and the entire team!