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Moving, compelling, involving
The complex relationship between Gwendoline and Deronda. It was portrayed brilliantly.
Gwendoline's monologues. Anna Chancellor did a great job of capturing all the nuances of feeling.
Without giving anything away, the scenes between Deronda and Gwendoline at the climax of the novel, and their final scene.
I've focused on Gwendoline and Deronda because for me they had a big impact, but the entire cast was excellent. Mr Grandcourt was utterly terrifying, and Myra, although she becomes a more secondary character, comes across as a woman with a lot of quiet courage and character. I was impressed by the way the novel has been compressed into a play of just under three hours without becoming confusing or shallow. To be honest Daniel Deronda was not one of my favourite Eliot novels but now I am keen to revisit it! Also, I must put in some final words in praise of Anna Chancellor. She is a favourite of mine, but I wasn't sure how she would fit into playing Gwendoline. However, I was completely blown away. The part called for a whole range of emotions and she was utterly convincing throughout. Definitely a must-hear.
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