Review Roundup: Polly Stenham's NO QUARTER - All the Reviews!

Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail writes: The play's opening 20 minutes are dreadfully slow and could do with rewriting. That, or director Jeremy Herrin needs a kick up the backside.
The setting is the main room of a country house which has been decorated in a bohemian manner: lots of books, a stag's head, Persian carpets, a piano, hippie knick-knacks, vodka bottles. Designer Tom Scott has plainly had a blast. The occupant of this opulent, untidy den is Robin, 24, a musically-inclined university dropout. He seems to be drunk and soon in an argument with his brother Oliver, 34, an MP.

Charles Spencer of the Telegraph says: One should be wary of plays that last almost two hours without an interval. I don't just mean in the obvious sense that you may find yourself desperate for a lavatory break long before the cast take their curtain calls. It can also be a sign that the management does not have complete confidence in the piece and is anxious to avoid the embarrassment of having a notably smaller audience in the second half than in the first. And certainly Polly Stenham's new piece often feels interminable and strikes me as a serious disappointment from a writer who made one of the most sensational dramatic debuts I have ever witnessed with That Face (2007), written when she was only 19.

The British Theatre Guide reports: At times, No Quarter feels like a pair of bookends with no books in between. At the start and finish, there is a family drama that asks some interesting questions about our world today. In between is a long stretch that is closer to one of those 1960s drug-fuelled happenings than a serious investigation of character.

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