Part 1: (Seen at the afternoon performance on 17th October 2018). A
beautiful, tribal experience, as young men attempt to make sense of their lives
by writing a history under the patriarchal guise of a much-loved author. There's
far more to it, and a truly stunning ending from Stephen Daldry. The whole play
seldom flags, as stories - subtly connected - intertwine. Special mention at
this point to Paul Hilton (Morgan / Walter), Andrew Burnap (Toby Darling - self
involved yet vulnerable), Samuel H. Levine (Adam - and versatile taking on two
other amazingly well drawn roles), Kyle Soller (Eric Glass, struggling to make
sense yet getting the emotions over to us) and Michael Walters (Jason #2 - just
hilarious and warm).
(Seen at the evening performance on 30th October 2018). Picking up where the
first half left off, and then developing its own style, this pretty much matches
the first in writing. The only irritant is a potentially thrilling political
sequence in the first third isn't developed far further - perhaps scope for
Performances are here taken to a higher level - the actors already mentioned not
wasting the foundation provided by the first part. A lone woman, Margaret
(Vanessa Redgrave) makes a memorable, fleeting appearance, and it is a tribute
to the rest of the cast that their acting holds up equally to her standards.
Also worth mentioning in this half is Jon Clark's lighting, with some impressive
shadows created on a difficult stage area. The conclusion may in some ways be
predictable, but it is satisfying for all that, more than rewarding the
As an over all note, the monkey rates "The Inheritance" crunchy peanut butter to
the classic "Angels In America"'s smooth. It lacks the latter's refined lyrical
text, but offers something coarser, perhaps more easily grasped if not quite as
deep it is somehow slightly less remote.
Either way, it's 5 stars from the monkey for both parts, don't miss this.