THE LOVE GIRL & THE INNOCENT adapted and directed by Matthew Dunster on at the Southwark Playhouse until 2nd November
October 17, 2013 | “Dunster’s Love Girl burns like a spark in darkness. Catch it before it goes out.” - Tom Birchenough, the arts

“Matthew Dunster’s stark, searing revival rises to the challenges of the piece with extraordinary resourcefulness”
– Paul Taylor, The Independent, 4 Stars


“Matthew Dunster is to be congratulated for conceiving a wonderful evening’s theatre and then delivering a production that defies all expectation […] The Love Girl and the Innocent is a superb rediscovery that deserves a sell-out run and will richly reward the trip out to Elephant and Castle”

– Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide


“It’s easy to see why many would be daunted by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s sprawling play that boasts four acts and a cast of 50 (here done with 16). It often feels like hard work. But in Matthew Dunster’s artfully pared down version the payoff in the final section is undoubtedly a powerful one” 

– Honour Bayes, The Stage


“Dunster’s production has great depth and is visually stunning. The design is spot on and really hits a nerve, honouring the seriousness of the play. Though it’s a long evening, it’s a very special treat.”

– Camilla Gurtler, A Younger Theatre