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Friday, May 11, 2012

Stage Play: Rupert Friend leads 'Brimstone and Treacle' play

A few new photos, good  performance reviews, and preview trailer for Rupert Friend's new stage play Brimstone and Treacle, which just had its opening night May 7th. 

Brimstone and Treacle is playing at the Arcola until June 2nd. For tickets and more information, go to the Arcola website.

Brimstone and Treacle Review
The appearance at their claustrophobic and unhappy home of Martin Taylor, a sinister outsider who claims to have known and been in love with Pattie, is both the answer to Mrs Bates’s prayers and any parent’s worst nightmare.

Rupert Friend (above photo by Islington Tribune) excels in the role: he is the innocent flower, calling Mrs Bates “Mumsie” and complimenting her on “superbly brewed” tea, but is also the serpent under’t, raising his eyebrows and shooting sly looks to the audience that make his malign intentions clear. (Islington Tribune)

Watch the preview trailer below and read more reviews of RF's performance and the play....

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Brimstone and Treacle – review
Photograph: Tristram Kenton (Guardian UK)

Rupert Friend's one-note performance doesn't get to grips with Martin's mix of manufactured sincerity and camp menace.
Brimstone and Treacle, Arcola - review

(photo by London Evening Standard)

The big draw is Rupert Friend, an actor with limited professional stage experience but plenty of film credits to his name (Pride and Prejudice, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Young Victoria). As Martin, the Satan of suburbia, he is impressively chilling.

Review: Brimstone and Treacle
Still, Friend’s Martin is a wonderful enigma, a devil with the assumed appearance of an angel. 

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