Berliner Grundtheatre’s latest production is an adaptation for the stage by June Lowry of Louisa M. Alcott’s classic novel.
Directed by Tony Kingston, the BGT production of Little Women features an ensemble cast of local actresses as the March sisters in 19th century America.
June Lowery first suggested Louisa M. Alcott’s Little Women as a play for a typical BGT audience that could feature many of the young talented actors Tony Kingston has come across as a teacher of drama.
Kingston admits he was sceptical at first, finding the book on first reading to be a “very dated and quite preachy, which is not untypical of 19th century children’s literature.”
But, despite the lack of a wider narrative, Kingston was attracted to characters--“they leap off the page”--and he enjoyed the second of Alcott’s books about the March sisters, Good Wives, when the action becomes more adult and expansive. “She does that very well, in the sense that the style of writing adapts to the age of the characters.”
As usual, BGT performed a run in Mersch before coming to the newly named Neimënster.
Watching those shows, critic Erik Abbott said the BGT show was “a production of big-hearted charm” to which the younger actresses bring “youthful exuberance and energy”, while he singled out Jacqui Milne as the older Beth for praise for her “fine, nuanced, touching performance.”
Tickets for the weekend night shows are selling fast, so our advice is to book as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss this production.