Marlowe set to deliver a flawless solo performance

Preview by Paul Nelson


If anyone wants to see a superlative actress giving a flawless performance, then I recommend Linda Marlowe in Berkoff's Women which is coming to the Arts Theatre at the end of the month.

I first saw this brilliant solo performance at the Ambassador's Theatre last year, and later at the Wimbledon Studio Theatre, though it had been created for the Edinburgh Festival. Since then it has toured extensively in the UK as well as New York, Hong Kong, South America and Canada. Now, back where she belongs in the West End, Miss Marlowe returns with it to the Arts.

Linda Marlowe and Steven Berkoff struck up a friendship when working together and their long association has produced some of the strongest, original and exciting theatre. It was Berkoff himself who suggested that she do a solo performance of his work and the present show is therefore designed to exhibit the more choice parts of his writing as well as her extraordinary talents.

It is a compendium of women's roles from some of Berkoff's best-known works, Decadence, Agamemnon, East, Greek, Sturm und Drang and From My Point of View. From comedy to tragedy, loneliness to revenge, and pathos to sensuality, Marlowe captures the strength and essence of his greatest female roles whilst giving her audience the chance to see her breathtaking virtuosity.

Past performances have included many appearances in the West End, The Old Vic, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she has toured in many productions around the country. Her television and film credits are also many and varied and her recent appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2001 was another solo performance, adapted from Gabriel Marquez' Diatribe of Love.

In this evening of excerpts, Linda Marlowe proves that she is a star, can hold a candle proudly up to anyone currently on the London stage, and has a captivating personality. She is phenomenally talented and really must not be missed by any serious theatregoer.

Berkoff's Women. A solo performance by Linda Marlowe directed by Josie Lawrence.
January 28th to February 2nd and February 11th to February 23rd Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, WC2 at 9.30pm. 020 7836 3334.