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Eugenie Grandet (Hartshorn – Hook Productions)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2013

One of Balzac’s less scandalous heroines, Eugenie Grandet is a woman of morals, and this adaptation by Jonathan Choat follows her as she transforms from a fiery girl into a cautious adult, burned by a fickle love. Apparently it is the first theatrical incarnation of the story in English, and it’s not surprising it hasn’t been staged before; the slow-moving story does not lend itself well to a theatrical setting, which requires something snappier. Having said that, the play’s pace does pick up as it progresses, and the cast uniformly deliver multi-layered, intense performances. The addition of a cellist to the cast provides haunting and poignant music that augments the action nicely, too. One for fans of French literature.

Assembly George Square, until 26 Aug (not 12), 1.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Melissa Steel]