Four star reviews for Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51

Four star reviews for Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    After a 17-year wait, Nicole Kidman has made a triumphant return to the West End stage in Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward Theatre. Anna Ziegler's award-winning play about Rosalind Franklin, the woman who cracked DNA's helix structure, received four star reviews from The Guardian, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Independent, and The Arts Desk.

    With four stars The Guardian's Michael Billington said, "It's a commanding, intelligent performance and my only complaint about Anna Ziegler's intriguing, informative 95-minute play is that it is not longer... What the play does do is correct a historical injustice and ask, by implication, whether women are still sidelined in the scientific world."

    Dominic Cavendish of The Telegraph said, "Kidman displays once again the power to hold us in thrall. Although her kit is Fifties demure, the caboodle of her nuanced performance is the stuff of intoxication... By turns icily impatient and glowering, but thawing too for telling moments, Kidman brilliantly suggests an intelligent woman compacted of porcelain and steel... A triumph."

    Quentin Letts of the Dail Mail also gave the production four stars; "science is not easy to portray on stage but Michael Grandage's fluent direction and Nicole Kidman's stellar control make Photograph 51 a gripping, if slightly frosty affair."

    The Independent's Paul Taylor praised Kidman's "compelling and subtle performance, [which] beautifully captures the prickly defensiveness, the lonely dedication, and the suppressed emotional longings of the scientist." His four star review said, "Grandage's superb 95-minute production expertly balances its energies as detective thriller and as interactive speculation about the hovering moments where her life could have taken a different turning… Glorious."

    Matt Wolf of The Arts Desk declared, "Nicole Kidman's return to the West End has been worth the wait."

    Photograph 51 is running at the Noel Coward Theatre until Saturday 21 November 2015.