It's time for my review of The Old Friend.
I had kind of mixed expectations about this show. I'd only read two or three lines about the synopsis so I wasn't too sure what I was in for. I am glad to say I was very impressed! The acting was amazing and the show was very well cast. The cast featured James Ifan as Ant, Jennifer Whitehall as Sarah, Lucy Pearson as Lindy and Ethan Taylor as Jez. The cast were all insanely talented and I hope to see them all in more shows soon. The set was simple, but very effective. The synopsis for the show is: Running away from her failing relationship, Sarah seeks solace with an old friend from her past. With the help of Lindy and a local barman, can Sarah make the necessary choices to escape the constraints of small-town life and start again? It was very cleverly written and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire play. There are not many shows that have that effect on me nowadays. I really felt I was transported to the character's world and the actors made you believe you were actually in the bar with them. It really deserves a West End transfer as it is far superior to a lot of shows I have seen in the West End and on Broadway. The length of the play was spot on and it was good that it didn't drag on like certain plays. The final scene was very well portrayed and even reduced my Mum to tears! The play gives us two different tellings of boyfriend and girlfriend Jez and Sarah's argument. The play doesn't tell you which side is true which is what I found one of best parts of the show as it left me very curious. I could not find a single thing to fault this show as it is utter perfection!
The featured star of The Old Friend is, drum roll please... LUCY PEARSON!
Lucy's acting was phenomenal and she really showed a lot of emotion in the final scene. I am certain that we will be seeing Lucy in more shows soon.
Now for my final verdict on The Old Friend. I give The Old Friend...
Sadly this show only appeared at this theatre for a few days, but hopefully we will be hearing about a West End transfer soon!
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Join me next time when I will be reviewing In the Heights.
Thanks for reading!