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Dances of Death

By August Strindberg

A new version by Howard Brenton

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill

30th May - 6th July 2013


Michael Pennington


Linda Marlowe


Christopher Ravenscroft

Richard Beanland


Edward Franklin


Eleanor Wyld


Tom Littler

…goads Pennington into some superbly towering rages.

From that height he delivers one of his most sustained and powerful performances, subsiding into strokes in each half with a shuddering intensity…

- WhatsonStage.com

…the performances by the three central characters are astonishing; of a nuance and intensity that is terrifying…

-The Daily Telegraph

…Michael Pennington provides a monstrous portrait of smiling, vengeful malignity, executing that famous dance with all the panache of Olivier and the heel-clicking decisiveness of Ian McKellen in the role ten years ago. But he adds something more, a sort of gloating, vulpine glee in the havoc he wreaks…

-The Independent

…it is played with a piercing precision…

The Stage

You won’t find a more ferociously intense performance this summer than Michael Pennington and Linda Marlowe as a warring couple trapped in a Swedish island garrison and a savage 30-year marriage

-The Times

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