Reviewed by Sophie Reed
Don’t mess with a goddess. That’s the tagline of this play. And boy should you take that advice! The play, written by David Ives, tells the story of playwright Thomas and actress Vanda. Vanda comes in late to the audition for Thomas’ new play adapted from the 1870 novel Venus In Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. and this is the man we get the word Masochism from.The play is filled with Marxism, sex and Greek/ Roman mythology.
Natalie Dormer, from Game of Thrones and Hunger Games fame, plays the role of Vanda. As well as being stunningly beautiful, she’s an extremely talented actress. The difference between her Vanda and her acting Vanda (her character had the same name as the character she was auditioning for) was so evident. The way she changed her voice from American, to British, to German so easily requires a lot of skill.
Victoria star, David Oakes, plays opposite her. His commanding stage presence is perfect for the opening show. His fluidity to change between dominating and submissing is so flawless. The two actors have such a good connection and the fight for dominance is so quick and clear. The overall play has an amazing plot and set out beautifully, using such a simple set. In addition, I was glad there was no interval because it was so intense the whole way through it would have broken up the dynamics of the show.
I give this show 5* for a beautiful, sexy, intense night out! You can catch it a the Theatre Royal Haymarket until the 4th of December.