THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS: Opening Reviews Receive High Praise
Although the NT Live broadcast date isn’t until 11 October, Julie Walters and the cast of The Last of the Haussmans opened to 4-Star reviews this past week! See below some of what the critics said as well as a synopsis of the play. Mark your calenders for post summer family fun!
Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, The Times, Financial Times
‘Seasoned with bursts of comedy…Brilliant.’ - Daily Express
‘Deliciously comical…delighting in the savagery of a dysfunctional family.’ - Evening Standard
‘Walters’s sense of comic timing is remarkable, a performance that mingles humor with great pathos.’ - Daily Express
Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Billy Elliott, Mamma Mia!) plays Judy Haussman with Rory Kinnear (National’s Hamlet) and Helen McCrory (The Queen, Hugo) as her children in his eagerly-anticipated new play: a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family that’s losing its grip.
Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holed-up in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon coast. After an operation, she’s joined by defiant offspring Nick and Libby, sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter, and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family’s crumbling swimming pool. Together they share a few sweltering months in this chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.