"One vile reptile will devour the other. And serve them both right too!"
"Six amazing actors bring this sprawling novel to riveting life. It only takes them a flash and we’re hooked. Russian names and classic tales can be confusing. Not here. The mesmeric opening sequence covers all the Karamazov back story. The characters switch from thumb sucking child, nasty Auntie, awful father, cruel servant, kind educator and we’re up to date on how the brothers grew into the good, the bad and the nihilist plus the illegitimate. The play alternates between chilling court scenes, flashbacks to family fights, love, theological debates about the existence of God and interrogation where the ‘lawyers’ are alternating cast members who wear scary Venetian beak masks that could intimidate any suspect and sends a shiver of menace rippling around the audience. Great stuff! And who is the murderer? All of the brothers – even the sainted Alyosha – wanted the monster dead. So many twists and insights, so many suspects, so many confessions. But only one has all the answers. Miss it and weep!"
Brigitte Downey for W14Londoning