Dido, Queen of Carthage. RSC Swan.
Directed by Kimberley Sykes. Lit by Ciaran Bagnall.
**** Sunday Times
**** The Telegraph ‘This dazzling Dido is the RSC’s best show of the year. It is visually ravishing… Unleashing iridescent water-falls to offset a compact expanse of grey-sand, it argues the case for the play as its own bejewelled thing. A surprisingly modern boldness …combines with emotional intensity of a remoter sort, culminating in the violent physical convulsions of a desolate Dido… A Marlovian marvel.’
**** The Guardian ‘Kimberley Sykes directs with a fluidity that perfectly balances the pictorial and the verbal. The production, in Ti Green’s design, is full of strong images: the first glimpse of a stranded Aeneas seen dangling upside down; the closing sight of Dido in suicidal despair.’