Thursday, May 23

Twelve Angry Men – The Lowry

The production of “Twelve Angry Men” at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, directed by Christopher Haydon, delivers a captivating and thought-provoking theatrical experience, earning a solid four-star rating. Adapted from Reginald Rose’s classic screenplay, the narrative unfolds in the intense setting of a New York jury room, where twelve jurors must decide the fate of a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering his father.

While the overall production impresses with its compelling narrative and masterful direction by Haydon, there were occasional instances of overacting from some cast members. While overacting can be forgiven if emotionally connected to the character, there were moments where believability faltered, and made some of the stronger characters appear like they were crazy.

Despite these shortcomings, the majority of the cast delivered strong and nuanced performances, bringing depth and authenticity to their roles as jurors. Jason Merrells shines as Juror 8, challenging his fellow jurors to reconsider their verdict and igniting intense debates that drive the narrative forward.

Christopher Haydon’s direction ensures a dynamic and engaging presentation, with moments of reflection balanced by high-stakes confrontations. The tension-filled atmosphere keeps audiences on the edge of their seats throughout, drawing them deeper into the moral and ethical dilemmas at the heart of the story.

The production’s strengths lie in its ability to provoke thoughtful reflection on themes of justice, morality, and human nature. Long after the final curtain falls, the impact of these themes lingers in the minds of the audience, sparking meaningful conversations and introspection. It certainly made me question what I’d do if was on a jury for a murder trial.

In conclusion, while “Twelve Angry Men” at The Lowry Theatre may have had its occasional missteps in terms of acting, its overall impact remains undeniably powerful. With its compelling narrative, skilled direction by Christopher Haydon, and standout performances, this production offers an unforgettable theatrical experience that is well worth seeing.

Twelve Angry Men continues at The Lowry until 2nd March. Tickets and further information can be found here – https://thelowry.com/whats-on/twelve-angry-men/

Reviewer: Brian Madden

Reviewed: 27th February 2024

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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