Review: Wuthering Heights at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Kevin R McNally as Lear
 in the Globe production     Picture: Marc Brenner

Shakespeare’s famed tragedy will be broadcast live in Portsmouth

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Choreographed by David Nixon and with a score as dark and brooding as Heathcliff himself courtesy of Claude-Michel Schonberg (Les Miserables), this production’s dancing was impeccable.

The staging was powerful. Not only did we watch the passion between Heathcliff and Cathy, we could feel it.

Rachael Gillespie and Jeremy Curnier as Young Cathy and Young Heathcliff played the roles brilliantly and the transition scene in act one where they become adults, played by Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley, was simple, unexpected and incredibly effective.

The dancing of the whole cast was at points breathtaking, particularly the scenes of the wedding day of Edgar and Cathy.

Special mentions must go to Hironao Takahashi and Hannah Bateman who played Edgar and Isabella Linton.

The scene between Bateman and Batley (Isabella and Heathcliff) in the kitchen at Wuthering Heights was one of passionate and violent submission of Isabella to Heathcliff. Until Saturday.

CARRON EVANS