A round-up of press reviews for When We Are Married: J B Priestley’s classic comedy about class and hypocrisy returns to the West End featuring an all-star cast including Maureen Lipman, Lynda Baron, Susie Blake, Roy Hudd and Sam Kelly.
Average Critics Rating
“The fun of the piece lies in the playing and, in Christopher Luscombe's lively revival, the key parts are in good hands. Sam Kelly as the downtrodden Soppitt memorably transforms himself from a man who looks like a melancholy walrus to a cuff-shooting figure quietly surprised at his own audacity. And Maureen Lipman is a total delight as his bullying wife. In her pomp, she resembles a Bradford Lady Bracknell. But, as soon as her marital secret is out, her cut-glass vowels are shattered and, once her worm-like husband has turned, she is reduced to quivering disarray: even a peremptory order to be seated leads her to a series of dithering movements as if she were a wind-up doll whose spring had suddenly broken.”Read the full review
“This is one of those enjoyably old-fashioned evenings when the lavish set design – a beautifully appointed Edwardian sitting-room – gets a round of applause before the show has even begun, and Christopher Luscombe’s affectionate production is packed to the gills with much-loved character actors.”Read the full review
“Fusing pathos and drollery, Michele Dotrice deploys superb comic timing in the scene where, with an ironically saintly patience and emphasis, Annie Parker, the councillor's wife, tries to pierce through the impregnable conceit of her pompous, speechifying husband (Simon Rouse) in order to explain to him how he has stunted her life with his stinginess and the fact that he's "very dull and very, very dreary." A hugely enjoyable evening.”Read the full review
“A line-up of notable Equity members of a certain age — among them Roy Hudd and Michele Dotrice — go at this with some gumption, although their casting raises one awkward question. Was it likely that so many couples in the Victorian era would have married when they were already, ahem, knocking 40?”Read the full review
“Priestley’s fine piece of comic writing, in which three West Riding couples celebrating their joint silver wedding day discover they have not been legally married for all those 25 years, gets a glorious revival in Christopher Luscombe’s sumptuous production.”Read the full review