THE LOWRY, SALFORD – UNTIL 14 MARCH 2020
REVIEWED BY ANGELOS SPANTIDEAS
The Marriage of Figaro’s story is around the different love interests of various, and although composed by Mozard in 1786 and theme remains very entertaining, as human lust, passion and love are supposed to be. Phillip Rhodes’ Figaro is very pleasant and amusing, with a lot of young passion and quirkiness, while his onstage love interest, Sussanna, by Fflur Wyn, comes across as a cunning and resourceful woman, who knows how to use her personality to get out of difficult situations, or to achieve the outcome she wants.
Count and Countess Almaviva, by Quirijn de Lang and Máire Flavin, use their powerful characters to depict how upper-class people of that era used to live amongst their many servants, while their characters hint how people of power behaved, showing in many scenes their more delicate features.
The remaining of the cast and characters play a very significant role in the unfolding of the story keeping with many charming characters such the mischievous and refreshing Cherumbino, with Heather Lowe being an excellent and spirited gender non-conforming choice.
The costumes were absolutely brilliant, made with attention to detail helping enact and provide authenticity to the depiction of the era, while the set changes and makes the audience feel like walking though a real aristocratic house