The Tyler Sisters, Hampstead Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until January 18, 2020


From Jane Austen to Chekhov, the relationship between sisters has been a source of drama. Alexandra Wood brings us the story of the Tyler sisters. We see them over forty years as they pass through the various rites of passage that life has in store for most of us. Their lives intertwine, they take separate paths and they come back to each other. It is fascinating to watch the dynamics of their relationships play out as their growth and development is both illuminated and contrasted in the context of the ebb and flow of their interactions. All of the performances here excel. Each of the characters is beautifully and sensitively portrayed. Caroline Faber rings wonderfully true as the deliberate, slow to judge eldest sister, Maddy. Angela Griffin is spot on as the sharp, acerbic middle child who carves out a place for herself amongst her siblings and finally finds peace as she comes to accept herself. Bryony Hannah is totally convincing in her displays of the confidence and carefree attitude that so often mark the youngest child. The three cast members are able to create these memorable and credible performances thanks to Alexandra Wood's brilliant ear for dialogue and her amazingly economical writing. A world of characters is created whom we never see and despite the pace of the passing years we are always engaged and never lose the thread. In one scene both the situation and emotions of each of the protagonists are successfully summed up in the simple act of making sandwiches. This is a play and a production that breathes new life into the "sisters" genre!

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆☆ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until January 18, 2020
Mon - Sat: 7:45 pm, Wed: 2:45 pm & Sat: 3:15 pm
Hampstead Theatre
Nearest tube: Swiss Cottage
https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2019/the-tyler-sisters/

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