Review: Rebecca at The Mayflower, Southampton

Tristan Sturrock and Imogen Sage on stage in Rebecca. Photo: Steve Tanner
Tristan Sturrock and Imogen Sage on stage in Rebecca. Photo: Steve Tanner
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THERE is a fine line to tread between tragedy and comedy – a line Rebecca walks with panache.

One minute you get jigging domestic staff prompting howls of laughter from the audience, the next there’s heartbreak on the beach as we learn what really happened to Rebecca.

It’s incongruous, but it works, just like the magnificent set which combines a dilapidated mansion and a rocky coastline.

Jealousy is the central theme, and it’s the women on stage who really stand out. Imogen Sage is the wonderfully wistful second Mrs De Winter, just arrived at Manderley after a whirlwind courtship with husband Maxim (Tristan Sturrock).

She finds the ghost of her eponymous predecessor still very much alive, burning strong in the heart of malicious housekeeper Mrs Danvers (Emily Raymond).

Dramatic relief is served up through some wonderfully funny turns, notably Katy Owen’s spirited footman Ben, as well as a band of coated minstrels singing sea shanties. Until Saturday.

STUART ANDERSON