Travelling Light, which I saw last week in preview, has opened and that means reviews to pore over.
What's On Stage has done the hard work in collating the main reviews, and of the six featured they range from four stars to a rather harsh one star from Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail.
Letts comments: "The adjective ‘cheesy’ is insufficient for the new play at the Royal National Theatre."
It seems a little harsh to me. Travelling Light isn't going to win any awards but there was nothing offensive or fundamentally bad about it. I thought it was genuinely enjoyable light entertainment and I can't help thinking that Letts' review is a bit of calculated controversy.
I gave it four stars but that includes a star solely for its star Antony Sher. Michael Billington in the Guardian is one of the critics to give it four stars and also sings the praise of Mr Sher:
"But it is Antony Sher who steals the honours as the ebullient Jacob, a self-consciously wise peasant who seems to have stepped out of a Sholom Aleichem story. It is one of those performances in which the actor seems to have expanded to twice his usual size."
Travelling Light scores an average of 2.8 from the critics. The What's on Stage link above has summaries of all the reviews and direct links to the full versions