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Tea At Five (Old Joint Stock Theatre Company)

By | Published on Monday 5 August 2013

With her cut-glass speech, over sparkling tea-things and a haze of glamour, Meghan Lloyd as Katharine Hepburn rubs away at the resilient veneer of this icon of Hollywood class. We’re told of golden triumphs and a catalogue of disasters, yet the queen of sophistication retains her headstrong determination and wicked humour: legs astride, swaggering in heels and every bit the alpha-female. Hepburn lived by a motto of attention to detail and here her performative alter-ego, Lloyd, revels in that same absolute precision, with a mean economy for gesture and expression. Modestly staged but with more refinement than Hepburn’s impeccable quiff, ‘Tea At Five’ serves up a captivatingly elegant show and a real treat of a story.

theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, until 24 Aug (not 4, 18), 11.05am.
tw rating 4/5 | [Katharine Wootton]