The thought of three hours of marital screaming and bickering was not really appealing, but once again, the star sold the show. Imelda Staunton is an amazing actor, and with her brilliant supporting cast, Conleth Hill as George and Luke Treadway and Imogen Poots as the young couple, Honey and Nick, the audience was rivetted from the opening moment.
We wondered if the English cast would use American accents, and if so, would they be able to maintain them for the full three hours? Yes, and yes. You would swear that all four were Americans.
Everyone knows the basic story, the fighting, but ignores or forgets the love story that is also part of the play. At the end we saw the real talent of Imelda Staunton as she shifted from the screaming, swearing harridan to the sad and afraid woman alone with the man she loves, who loves her.
The Standing ovation was well deserved! Even Keith leapt to his feet. A second great night of theatre on this trip.