by Daphne du Maurier, adapted by Lisa Evans, directed by Anastasia Revi
Tabard Theatre, London, 2017
NOBODY GOES TO JAMAICA INN… lonely and dark on the bleak Cornish moors. A place full of secrets, violence, and rum that fuels nightmares of ghosts that howl with the wind. Young and innocent, Mary comes to stay, only to get entangled in its mysteries. A dark and disturbing gothic tale where nothing is quite what it appears to be.
Daphne du Maurier is known for her dark and gothic novels and short stories, particularly Rebecca and The Birds, adapted for screen by Alfred Hitchcock, My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz, and Jamaica Inn adapted for television by the BBC.
Mary Yellan – Kimberley Jarvis
Joss Merlyn – Toby Wynn-Davies
Aunt Patience – Helen Bang
Jem Merlyn/ Stranger/ Richards – Samuel Lawrence
Frances Davey/ Idiot of Dozmary – Peter Rae
Harry the Pedlar – Mark Moore
Squire Bassat/ Cobbler – Matthew Wade
Woman/Mrs Bassat/ Gypsy – Phoebe Hyder
Creative and Production Team
Directed by Anastasia Revi
Writer/Adapted by Lisa Evans
Design by Maira Vazeou
Music/Composition by – Jonathan Jonathan Bratoëff
Lighting Design by Ben Jacobs
Producer Martina Reynolds
Stage Manager Pepe Pryke
Production Assistant Lydia Imirtziadis
PR by Kevin Wilson PR
Production Photography by Panayis Chrysovergis
Promotional Photography by Yiannis Katsaris
Graphics by Steph Pyne
Set Construction by Toby Burbidge
The cast is excellent with an especially spell-binding performance from Helen Bang as Aunt Patience. Anastasia Revi’s direction grips the attention from beginning to end through the ingenious use of props, movement, sound and character detail. The sound design is a tour de force and the music, composed by Jonathan Bratoëff. Truly enjoyable and befitting the long, dark winter evenings, this production of Jamaica Inn blends fine acting with artistic allure and technical mastery.
THE SPY IN THE STALLS *****
It’s a thrilling production with, at its heart, a luminous performance by Kimberley Jarvis as the spirited heroine, Mary Yellan, and a riveting turn by Toby Wynn-Davies as her bullying, alcoholic uncle, Joss Merlyn.Certainly London’s Theatre Lab Company has triumphed with Lisa Evans’ dark and atmospheric adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier classic, Anastasia Revi turns the intimate Tabard performing space into a treacherous corner of Bodmin Moor, inhabited by villains and reprobates, murderers and thieves.
A terrific adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Victorian melodrama – witty, gothic hokum at its finest. The whole production is brilliant: the cast, the design, lighting, music, but especially Anastasia Revi’s direction.
Briskly paced, relentlessly intriguing … an absorbing and worthwhile experience.
LONDON THEATRE 1 ****
Creepy and thrilling and one feels very satisfied by the ending.
Kimberley Jarvis carries the production as Mary Yellan…Samuel Laurence is rakishly charming as Joss’s younger brother Jem. The tiny space of the Tabard Theatre feels intimate and no corner is left unused by Director Anastasia Revi. Overall, this is an atmospheric piece of theatre.
Kimberley Jarvis excels as stout hearted Mary Yellan; making her spot-lit entrance shrouded in a white hood like a Celtic angel… the audience becomes utterly invested in this young girl’s plight and roots for her blossoming relationship with loveable rogue Jem Merlin, admirably played by Samuel Lawrence. Some ingenious techniques have been effected in this adaptation of the gothic novel….The production is engrossing and highly visceral, capturing the portentous anxiety and lyricism of the gothic genre.
POP CULTURE BEAST
A great deal of atmosphere and engaging storytelling,
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