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Cain (Municipal Theatre London)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

It’s an ambitious task for a fresh-faced troupe of new graduates to take on Lord Byron’s ‘Cain’. A ‘closet drama’, it is intended to be performed privately or as poetry. This production, then, thrived on its simplicity, with its cast of two and deliberate absence of set and props, letting the text and the actors speak unhindered. However, I was sometimes left with a sense that the production was a tad on the amateur side, and I’m still baffled as to why the cast wore nineteenth-century frock coats without shirts. To complement their simplistic production, simpler costumes might have worked better. Although wider audiences may not always appreciate the nuances of the text, fans of Byron would be foolish to miss such a rare gem.

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18), 4.05pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Elizabeth Jewell]