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05/07/00
Sutherland’s Enigmatic Extension
- Panned West End play runs till September

ACTOR Donald Sutherland’s return to the London stage has been subject to caustic criticism for the media. But despite hostile reviews, Enigmatic Variations, in which Sutherland takes the lead role, has extended its West End run by six weeks.

The play, a psychological thriller written by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, opened at the Savoy theatre at the end of May and had been booking until the end of July. It now plans to run until 9 September.

Enigmatic Variations marked Canadian film star’s return after 36 years. In it he plays a Nobel Prize winning author who lives in self imposed exile until a one-off meeting with a journalist. A number of unfavourable reviews describing Sutherland’s acting as wooden resulted in the star issuing a scathing riposte to reviewers in his column in the Times Newspaper last month, accusing them of being savage and personal instead of objective.

However, it’s not all bad news. Sutherland has received support from some critics, notably LondonNet’s own Jenny Parks who says of the actor “ his combination of charisma and dramatic ability make Enigmatic Variations worth watching.”

The veteran actor first came to the London stage in the 1960s, starring alongside the late Rex Harrison in August For The People. After returning to the US, Sutherland went on to join the Hollywood big-league appearing in over 100 films including The Dirty Dozen and JFK.



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