The Stage - Award winning Joanna Riding steals the play as the mysterious Mrs Cheveley. She delivers her lines with a deftness of touch and a charming smile, whilst sweeping about in the only colourful costumes allowed in the initial monochromatic design.
The telegrah - Joanna Riding a smiling, devilish delight as Mrs Cheveley
Manchester evening news - Joanna has already won two Olivier awards for best actresss in a musical. Now she deserves another for her performance in this straight play. She becomes a charismatic and cunning bundle of dynamite when she blackmails Sir Robert into supporting in Parliament a canal scheme which he disagrees with.
Whatsonstage Manchester - The arrival of scarlet woman Mrs Cheveley (played with a wicked and malevolent wit by the excellent Joanna Riding) tears a rock solid coupleís lives in two
the Times - The eveningís main success is Riding, who relies less on her red wig and gorgeous Viennese dresses than on an assured manner, a svelte voice, an incongruously sweet smile and (not least) her flexible chin. It relaxes, it straightens, it hardens, it exudes malice, it threatens. Itís the most eloquent chin I can recall seeing.
British theatre Guide - West End musicals star Joanna Riding gives just the right touch of acid to Mrs Cheveley, delivering her orders with a confident, self-satisfied smile.
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