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Venice Preserv’d

By Thomas Otway

NT

Lyttelton Theatre 12th April 1984


Rigorous romantic, The Times 6th April 1984

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Priuli
Brewster Mason
Jaffier
Michael Pennington
Pierre
Ian McKellan
Belvidera
Jane Lapotaire
Belvidera’s Attendants
Kate Gielgud
Vivienne Ritchie
Aquilina
Stephanie Beacham
Renault
Ron Pember
Spinosa
Tom Marshall
Eliot
Peter Sproule
Theodore
Peter Needham
Brainville
Robert Hamilton
Durand
Anthony Douse
Revellido
Kevin Costello
Mezzana
Franc Morgan
Ternon
Peter Dineen
Brabe
Robert Hickson
Retrosi
Vincent Nicoli
Bedamar
Edward de Souza
Aquilina’s Maid
Marianne Morley
Antonio
Hugh Paddick
Officer
Robert Hickson
Guards
Desmond Adams
Elliott Cooper
Peter Dineen
Guy Williams
Duke of Venice
Ralph Nossek
Senators
John Bailey
Anthony Douse
Peter Gordon
Robert Hamilton
Robert Hamilton
Alan Haywood
Robert Howard
Brian Kent
Harry Perscy
Officer
Martyn Stanbridge
Priest
Brian Kent
Director
Peter Gill
Designer
Alison Chitty

...Michael Pennington’s superb Jaffier is from the start a man of intemperate passion in silken cuffs...

-The Guardian


...another actor of unusual quality...Pennington gives the man a fresh and plausible humanity...

-Plays


...Michael Pennington rings the multitudinous changes as Jaffier, a character who makes Hamlet seem comparatively decisive.

-Punch


Like Gielgud and Scofield in the 1953 production... Michael Pennington and Ian McKellen seize on the separate characteristics of Jaffier and Pierre and render them almost in musical terms.

-The Times