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Daisy Miller

Published Wednesday 7 September 2005 at 17:10 by Sheila Tracy

In Henry James’ 19th century novel Daisy Miller, rich Americans fascinated by Europe’s history and architecture spend several months a year exploring its antiquities. The two young leads, one British one Australian, have totally convincing American accents, and carry the play.

Scarlett Johnson captures the essence of the flirtatious Daisy to perfection and Richard Grieve holds the stage with considerable presence as Frederick Winterbourne, who fills in the missing parts of the story, addressing the audience directly.

Sandra Dickinson is a delight as Daisy’s mother, her accent excellent. The same cannot be said of Jean Boht as the snobbish aunt of Daisy’s would-be suitor who struggled for the first couple of scenes to introduce some semblance of American into upper class English but then gave up.

Shirley Anne Field has little to do as the imperious society hostess so horrified by Daisy’s behaviour, she excludes her from her soirees. An interesting insight into two different cultures that, to a certain extent, remains to this day.

Production information

Theatre Royal, Brighton, September 5 to 10, then touring

Author:
Henry James adapted by Dawn Keeler
Director:
Christopher Morahan
Producer:
Ian Fricker Productions
Cast includes:
Scarlett Johnson, Richard Grieve, Sandra Dickinson, Shirley Anne Field
Running time:
2hrs 10mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15
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