Review: Still Life/Red Peppers, Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Folie a Deux excels in capturing the complexity of Coward’s characters in its staging of the compelling Still Life and the comic Red Pepper which benefits from an intimate, confrontational performance area, designed by James Turner.

Georgina Strawson and Freddie Capper work convincingly as the coincidental lovers, Laura Jesson and Alec Harvey.

Strawson initially plays Jesson as an excitable woman who laughs at Harvey’s polite chatter. However, as the relationship changes, Strawson shows range as she moves between the different emotions of a character heading towards crisis point. Her last appearance on the stage is poignant and staged well by director Anthony Lau.

The characters of Myrtle Bagot (Suzan Sylvester), Albert Godby (Edward Howells), Dolly Messiters (Laura Hanna), Beryl Walters (Katharine Drury) and Stanley (Matthew Cavendish) add humour to the piece – each actor is impressive within their role.

The cast

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