Dystopian adaptation of Bronte lacks emotional depth
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Charlotte Bronte would struggle to find any comparisons in the initial sections of this theatrical re-imagining of her gothic masterpiece Villette.
Whereas in the novel Lucy Snowe is an orphaned governess who travels to an imaginary French-speaking town, playwright Linda Marshall-Griffiths has transformed her into a virologist based at an archeological dig.
Here she’s taxed with locating and extracting viral DNA from the remains of the Lady of Villette in order to find the cure for a deadly pandemic.
As the play unwinds, however, parallels with... read more