Angels in America lives up to expectations with magnificent reviews
Winterson’s actor Stuart Angell and the team had their press day for Angels in America yesterday, as the highly anticipated 8-hour fantasia finally hit the National Theatre. Twenty-five years after its first production, the show serves as both a document of the Aids crisis and a wider comedy about US politics. Its relevance today has made it a hot talking point throughout the industry press for many months now, and it didn’t disappoint as as the show was unveiled. We have here selected just some of the magnificent reviews that the show has so far received.
“Dazzling, quirky, and often downright bizarre”
—The Telegraph ★★★★★
“Seeing it now, in Marianne Elliott’s blistering production, which brings the saga back to the National for the first time since its premiere in 1992-3, is like a vigorously entertaining history lesson. Brilliantly performed by a cast led by Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, it is a reminder of just how terrifying and tragic the times were, of all the people who died terribly and needlessly, but also a vibrant hymn to the ragged soul of humanity itself, in all its messy, complicated imperfection.”
“Do these two plays justify their formidable eight-hour length? The answer is a qualified yes.”
—The Guardian ★★★★
“Everything about the National Theatre’s most eagerly anticipated show of the year is super-sized. Even the programme is a glossy, A4 special edition. The production itself boasts an extraordinary line-up of star names and the entire run has sold out in advance, apart from lottery and day seats.”
—The Stage ★★★★
“Its doomy, sardonic surrealism remains quite unlike almost anything else: it’s as much a trip as a drama. There is a constant WTF factor to brilliant scenes that could be their own plays and almost feel like they’re being lobbed out of Kushner’s imagination on shuffle.”
—Time Out ★★★★
Congratulations to Stuart and the entire team on a highly anticipated and now hugely successful show.