We cannot help but be won over by Alcott's tale
of the enduring love of a genteelly poor family set against the backdrop
of the American Civil War. There are commendable performances from every
member of the hard-working - and sweet-voiced in the a capella singing -
ensemble... however the highest praise is reserved for the four sisters.
This is quite the most uplifting and good-natured evening on offer in the
West End Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
to traditionalist parents that there is still an alternative to thinly disguised
rock star concerts for somewhere to take the kids in the festive season.
A large cast go for absolute period truth... What is splendid about this
new adaptation is that Reeves takes the story on, so that the second half
is largely derived from the vastly better and more intriguing sequel, Good
Wives... The ultimate feelgood show for nostalgists."
Sheridan Morley, Daily Express
is touchingly innocent... no dysfunctionality? no Freudian complexes? This
is a rarity in today's theatre. Quite a few of the first-night crowd at
the Duchess Theatre (one of the West End's cosier spaces) were soon reaching
for their hankies. A charming night out... perfect
for a half-term outing"
is also truthful, especially about the tensions of family life. It has a
good deal of humour. It breathes a spirit of affection rather than rank
sentimentality. These qualities are preserved in the adaptation by Emma
Reeves at the Duchess Theatre. Andrew Loudon's production has charm too.
It's a touching, warm-hearted evening, just right for Christmas."
John Gross, Sunday Telegraph
endows the professor with a silvery kindness and plays the proposal scene
with a tongue-tied desperation... I felt I was in
the presence of a real actor" Michael
Billington, The Guardian
is a timeless classic with endless appeal. This glorious tale of the March
family growing up in genteel poverty has inspired many adaptations and (this)
superb version is a marvellous addition... This is storytelling at its best...
My young niece and I were enthralled from start to finish and the ending
had us holding back the tears. Go and give yourselves a treat
Whats On In London
"Andrew Loudons production of Little
Women is a revelation in terms
of its appeal to both children and adults... Central to the plays
success are the performances of the four actresses playing the March girls...
The split-level set with its wooden staircase, gauze screens and homemade
quilts captures the essence of the industrious March household and allows
the audience to be transported back to a time when life seemed more straightforward
and charming." Hello!
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