The Way of the World: What's On Stage Interview


What's On Stage caught up with the cast of The Way of the World at the after party on opening night, and chatted about the challenges and joys of Congreve's Restoration era play.



The Way of the World: Reviews Are In



The critics have weighed in on the Donmar Warehouse's production of The Way of the World, with most giving the play 4 out of 5 stars. Here's what a few had to say about the play and performances:

Paul Taylor from The Independent calls it a "comic masterpiece."

There's a crispness and clarity to the way this production highlights the contrast between Mirabell and his superficially similar fellow-gallant, Fainall. Tom Mison shows you a disturbing, almost neurotic meanness of spirit behind the studied languor of a ruthless individualist who will stop at nothing (even defaming his wife) to get his hands on all the Wishfort money. Though he has done unfortunate things in his past, Mirabell now appreciates the humane value of contracts.


Sarah Crompton from What's On Stage says "director James Macdonald and his entire creative team frame this rare revival with such thoughtful care that it emerges with the gleaming richness of a symphony."

Even the manipulative Mrs Marwood (played by Jenny Jules with a hauteur that hides real pain) is allowed our sympathy; she has been used by Fainall, who Mison plays magnificently, his languor hardening into savagery as the evening progresses. As his traduced wife, Caroline Martin finds a moving sense of betrayal and fierce self-reliance.


Michael Billington at The Guardian writes "James Macdonald’s revival offers clarity and hilarity"

Gwynne is very funny when gazing at her unadorned features in the mirror (“I look like an old peeled wall”) and when hurling herself intemperately at a chaise longue to find the right posture for an expected suitor. But you feel deep sympathy for her when, as Fainall seeks to tie her to an extortionate contract, she cries “Never to marry!” in despair at a life of sexless solitude. In a play that scarcely has a dud role, there is a wealth of fine performances. Tom Mison and Jenny Jules lend the arch plotters a hint of inner complexity.


The play runs through May 26th. Check the Donmar's website often for ticket availability.


Photos by Johan Persson


The Way of the World: Production Photos and Press Night

In anticipation of tonight's Opening/Press Night, the Donmar Warehouse has released production photos of The Way of the World, and I think you'll agree -- they are pretty spectacular. Head to the galleries to see these as well as previously released photos from the rehearsal room.

The play runs through May 26th. There is limited availability on tickets right now, but they do release returns and newly available blocks, so even if you've not had luck for a certain night, keep checking back.


Photos by Johan Persson

The Way of the World: Previews Begin Tonight



Sending best wishes for a very successful run to Tom and the cast of The Way of the World, which starts previews tonight at the Donmar Warehouse. Official opening night for the restoration comedy is next week on Thursday, April 5th, and the play runs through May 29th. If you've been unable to get tickets, keep checking back, since returns and newly released tickets come up fairly regularly.

Break lots of legs, everyone!



Photos by Johan Persson