Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Nancy Meckler and Shared Experience create theater that is exactly that-a shared experience between actor and audience. From the company's London base, they produce works of simple yet potent strength, perfecting a style of storytelling that owes its effectiveness as much to nuance and committed ensemble playing as it does to plot and dialogue. Oftentimes starting with familiar material, they mold it in new and unexpected ways, enabling audiences to see and feel the work afresh.
Such is the case with their internationally acclaimed production of Anna Karenina, adapted by Helen Edmundson from Tolstoy's epic novel. Unlike the novel wherein Anna and Levin meet only once, on stage their lives are interwoven from the very beginning. In a master stroke of staging, the characters bear witness to each other's love affairs, giving form and expression to their otherwise hidden emotions and inviting the audience to see the pair as each other's moral counterweight.
The "flawless ensemble" (The Times of London) of eight recreate their award-winning roles, and with the assistance of a few chairs, manage to conjure forth a teeming railway station, an erotic encounter at the races, even a concert hall full of grand dames. This is exhilarating theater and a riveting production.