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Anna Karenina

Adaptation by Jo Clifford

Royal Exchange Theatre, 24 March 2015

Jo Clifford’s minimalist adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel – there is little by way of stage or setting – is a drama about love false and true.

While Anna blames others and society’s mores and conventions for her woes and general unhappiness, Levin and Katy accept each other, more or less, and just get on with it.

It is a good, workmanlike production, unexceptional, but no real complaints.  However, I’m uncertain whether you’d be able to follow the story if you didn’t already know it.  Donna Berlin’s performance stood out.

Anna Karenina is at the Royal Exchange Theatre until 2 May, further details can be found here.

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