Tuesday, September 07, 2021
Bach and Sons @ Bridge Theatre...
Starring Simon Russell Beale as the great eighteenth-century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Nina Raine’s play concerns the complicated father and his equally complicated family.
Bach Snr is a perfectionist. He prefers one son to the other. And his two wives are seemingly defined by their ability to childbear; they had 20 children between them - half of whom died in infancy.
Nicholas Hytner’s production is entertaining enough. The family quarrels are perhaps all too familiar. But it's perhaps all a little too cosy. 'Amadeus' it is not.
For me the highlight was Pravessh Rana playing a really weirdly and fiercely camp Frederick the Great.