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Misterman – National Theatre – Reviews



‘Enda Walsh’s mesmerising study of madness … Cillian Murphy’s stunning performance … Murphy’s brilliant delivery … a dark, knockabout comedy … an unforgettable performance’
**** - Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

‘a knockout … a compellingly strange, absorbing and terrifying work of startling originality … a dazzling solo performance from Cillian Murphy … the sheer scale of this production plays a big part in the show’s often stunning impact … Jamie Vartan’s amazing design … a hypnotic, virtuosic performance … it’s a thrilling performance in a startlingly original play that haunts the memory like a bad dream’
**** - Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

‘Cillian Murphy’s blazingly intense performance’
- Jeremy Kingston, The Times

bravura one-man turn … thrillingly kaleidoscopic sound design’
**** - Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

a tour de force … an astonishing 90-minute performance … amazing, mesmerising, moving, funny and unforgettable’
- Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk

‘Misterman is at once a deadly concentration and ambitious expansion of all Enda Walsh’s plays to date … Walsh keeps us guessing … and Murphy keeps us mesmerised’
**** - Maddy Costa, The Guardian

The spell-binding Irish actor Cillian Murphy … a fantastic, whirring monologue … a ninety-minute rollercoaster … a wonderful grimy design by Jamie Vartan, with great lighting by Adam Silverman …this is a must-see performance by a superb artist, every bit as compelling and extraordinary as that of Mark Rylance as Johnny Rooster in Jerusalem’
- Michael Coveney, What’s On Stage

riveting … devastating … not to be missed’
***** - Julie Carpenter, Daily Express