facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
APOLOGIA Laura Carmichael, Stockard Channing. CREDIT – MARC BRENNER

APOLOGIA Laura Carmichael, Stockard Channing. CREDIT - MARC BRENNER

Reasons to see: Apologia

First Published 3 August 2017, Last Updated 14 August 2017

Last night we were at the opening for the revival of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the cast is led by the inimitable Stockard Channing and features Laura Carmichael, Freema Agyeman, Desmond Barrit and Joseph Millson. The play is a searing dissection of family and the pressures that exist within this universal dynamic. When Stockard’s character Kristin Miler publishes her memoir, the tensions that already exist within the family are brought to the fore.

APOLOGIA Freema Agyeman, Laura Carmichael, Joseph Millson, Stockard Channing. CREDIT - MARC BRENNER

Photo: Marc Brenner

Jamie Lloyd’s direction

Jamie Lloyd has a well-earned reputation as one of the West End’s most exciting directors and Apologia is another masterclass in exploring complex relationships. Under his direction there is palpable tension that hangs over the play, almost as if it’s another character. Few directors are able to tease out heavy emotion like Jamie, from understated to catastrophic, Apologia has it all.

Stockard Channing

It really is a treat to see Stockard Channing on stage. Best known as fiesty Rizzo from Grease, and First Lady Abbey Bartlet from NBC’s The West Wing, Stockard is a commanding presence as celebrated art historian Kristin, managing to evoke sympathy from the audience, whilst being brutally outpsoken against her son’s girlfriends, harshly critising those whose views do not align with her own. Stockard will be the name on everyone’s lips, but all cast members gives excellent performaces, with Laura Carmichael nailing the bubbly, glass-half-full American physiotherapist. 

Read our interview with Joseph Millson, who plays Peter/Simon in Apologia. 

The writing

Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play, first performed in 2009 at the Bush Theatre, is fast-paced and sharp, full of humour and wit. Yet there are moments where the pace slows right down and draws the audience in; Stockard has a fabulous monologue about why Giotto is the most important artist to her. And there are laughs to be had that couldn’t have been foreseen in 2009. Trudi (Laura Carmichael) exclaims ‘we [America] have just elected our first African-American President!’; her enthusiasm is met with Kristin’s dry ‘let’s see what happens in the long run before we get too excited’, drawing one of the biggest laughs of the night. 

APOLOGIA Laura Carmichael, Stockard Channing. CREDIT - MARC BRENNER

Photo: Marc Brenner

Apologia runs at Trafalgar Studios until 18 November. Tickets are available via Official London Theatre, so get booking…

GET THE FULL EXPERIENCE:

To see this content you’ll need to allow us to set some additional cookies!

Update your cookie preferences here and enable ‘social and advertising cookies’

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.