Reviews: What Are Critics Saying About Orlando Starring Emma Corrin in London's West End? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Are Critics Saying About Orlando Starring Emma Corrin in London's West End?

The Neil Bartlett play about the hero-heroine's journey over five centuries opened at the Garrick Theatre December 5.

Emma Corrin in Orlando Marc Brenner

Critics are sharing their thoughts on the West End production of Neil Bartlett's Orlando at the Garrick Theatre. Adapted from Virginia Woolf's novel of the same name, the run officially opened December 5 following previews that began November 26. Performances will continue through February 25, 2023.

Emma Corrin (The Crown) stars in the title role, joined by Deborah Findlay as Mrs. Grimsditch, Jessica Alade as Virginia/Drunken Tory, Debra Baker as Virginia/Favilla/The Captain, Akuc Bol as Virginia/Euphrosyne/Prue, Lucy Briers as Virginia/Queen Elizabeth/Officer, Richard Cant as Virginia/Harriet/Kitty, Melissa Lowe as Virginia/Drunken Tory, Jodie McNee as Virginia/Marmaduke, Oliver Wickham as Virginia/Clorinda, and Millicent Wong as Virginia/Sasha/Nell.

Born in the reign of Elizabeth I, the hero-heroine of Orlando journeys through five centuries and a myriad of encounters in search of the answer to one question: How do we find the courage to truly be ourselves?

Read the reviews here.

The Arts Desk (Mert Dilek)

British Theatre (Libby Purves)

Broadway World (Aliya Al-Hassan)

City A.M. (Adam Bloodworth)

Culture Whisper (Holly O'Mahony)

Daily Mail (Owen Tonks)

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

The Guardian (David Jays)

Independent (Jessie Thompson)

Indiependent (Thomas Messner)

iNews (Alice Saville)

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

London Theatre 1 (Tom Carter)

Love London Love Culture (Emma Clarendon)

The New York Times (Matt Wolf)*

The Stage (Sam Marlowe)*

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

Theatre Weekly (Greg Stewart)

Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski)

The Times (Clive Davis)

UK Daily News (Aliza Elliott)

Whats On Stage (Sarah Crompton)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The production features set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design and compositions by Alex Baranowski, movement by Ben Wright, associate direction by Anna Girvan, and casting by Jacob Sparrow. MGC and Sand and Snow Entertainment produce.

Michael Grandage directs, reuniting him with Corrin, following their recent collaboration on the Amazon feature film My Policeman. Corrin returns to the stage following their Olivier-nominated performance in Anna X. The actor played Lady Diana Spencer in The Crown, winning a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award, as well as receiving a SAG and Emmy nomination. They star in the films My Policeman and Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the limited series Retreat.

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See Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss, Emma Corrin, More at Opening Night of Orlando


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