The Low Road – review
Royal Court theatre, London

Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:17 PM | Review by: Sophia A Jackson |
John Ramm (Congregant), Leigh Quinn (Sister Comfort), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (John Blanke), Johnny Flynn (Jim Trumpett), Jared Ashe (Congregant), Elizabeth Berrington (Congregant), Kit Benjamin (Congregant). Image by Johan Persson John Ramm (Congregant), Leigh Quinn (Sister Comfort), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (John Blanke), Johnny Flynn (Jim Trumpett), Jared Ashe (Congregant), Elizabeth Berrington (Congregant), Kit Benjamin (Congregant). Image by Johan Persson

After the glittering and award laden success of Clyboune Park, writer, Bruce Norris is back at the Royal Court with his latest race and money combo, The Low Road.


Set between 1759 and 1776, including a mini scene based on the present day banking crisis, The Low Road tells the story of Jim Trumpett, an ambitious young businessman who is all about the money. He is ruthless. He doesn’t care how he gets it and what he needs to keep it either – whether it’s his doting mother or a businessman, he has little regard for what is right, morally.


Johnny Flynn plays Jim Trumpett, abandoned at birth and left on the doorstep of a Massachusetts brothel and possible son of the first president of the US, George Washington, no less. Through a cast of 20, this lengthy production with its twists and turns, takes the audience through the misadventures of Jim Trumpett and his capitalist ideas.


This is a jolly three-hour romp and a great exit for the Royal Court’s artistic director Dominic Cooke”.

This is a jolly three-hour romp and a great exit for the Royal Court’s artistic director Dominic Cooke who hands over the baton to Vicky Featherstone, the first female to lead the Sloane Square theatre.


A special mention to the Scottish narrator Bill Paterson (who plays Adam Smith) our adept provider of mirth and continuation who was a true natural as the play’s host. After his role in the Young Vic’s Feast, another gem is Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s high-class slave – a joy to watch.


With a Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Olivier and Evening Standard Award under his belt – I’m looking forward to Bruce Norris’s next offering.


Info: The Low Road is at The Royal Court until May 11, 2013


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