Speaking in Tongues

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Previewed 18 September 2009, Opened 28 September 2009, Closed 12 December 2009 at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.

Andrew Bovell's play Speaking in Tongues in London starring John Simm, Ian Hart, Lucy Cohu and Kerry Fox and directed by Toby Frow.

Relationships in crisis. A missing person. An intricate puzzle. Speaking In Tongues is a powerful study of infidelity and interwoven lives - where the seemingly random confessions of a group of strangers are pieced together by a detective investigating the disappearance of a leading psychiatrist.

Speaking In Tongues is a highly charged thriller written by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell who recently won 2 Australian Writers' Guild Awards. His play When The Rain Stops Falling had a hugely successful run earlier this year at the Almeida Theatre. Bovell's previous work also includes co-writing Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom. Andrew Bovell's play Speaking In Tongues was adapted into the film Lantana.

The cast for Speaking in Tongues in London features John Simm, Ian Hart, Lucy Cohu and Kerry Fox and directed by Toby Frow.

"Andrew Bovell's themes are betrayal, trust, love and the loneliness of marriage. But ultimately his insights are less compelling than the intricate, intriguing structure of the piece... It's a bit too clever by half, but at least the actors get a chance to show off, with four playing nine parts... The single flaw in Toby Frow's slick production is that it grips and impresses on an imaginative level rather than an emotional one, but the grip is so tight you can't resist it." The Mail on Sunday

"At the Duke of York's, the Australian playwright Andrew Bovell's four-hander Speaking in Tongues sees a fine cast and Toby Frow's snappy direction wrangling with a play that is, I'm afraid, a stone dud... Speaking in Tongues - although often witty - doesn't get further than a sort of sterile cleverness. It forces symmetries and connections, but there's no point in telling us How It Is Between Men and Women if the audience doesn't believe these are real men and women." The Sunday Times

Speaking in Tongues in London at the Duke of York's Theatre previewed from 18 September 2009, opened on 28 September 2009 and closed on 12 December 2009.