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The Way Of The World


Donmar Warehouse

Written by William Congreve |  Directed by James McDonald |  Set & Costume by Anna Fleischle 

LIGHTING Peter Mumford  |  SOUND Max Pappenheim  |  PHOTOGRAPHY Johan Persson & designers own   

Dedicated to the memory of 

Alex Beckett, Haydn Gwynne & Phoebe Frances Brown

Praise for the Work

 'And they are placed in a world that is both recognisable and historical.

This is obvious from the very first when, in Anna Fleischle’s stunning designs, a gauze curtain bearing the translucent shape of a house rises to reveal a panelled room, where two men play cards, wearing wigs and high heels, with their richly embroidered coats slung over their chairs. Each period detail is observed, including a bright bronze chocolate pot, but their inflection is naturalistic.' WhatsOnStage

'It also ushers us into a dignified William and Mary-era London nicely realised in Anna Fleischle’s design, with its dark-panelled rooms glimpsed through a lime-green surround' The Guardian

'This is an immensely stylish account of the play – presented in period (the excellent design is by Anna Fleischle) and its elaborate dialogue spoken with a wonderful throwaway poise and penetration.' Independent

'This success, helped by Anna Fleischle’s glowing jewel-box design..." The Observer

'For all its lush elegance (Anna Fleischle’s costumes are a joy), this is a staging that reveals a stark, cynical and materialistic society, where love appears to be a commodity along with everything else.' Financial Times

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