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10 Stars That Brought Hollywood To The West End Stage

Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart
Macbeth, Gielgud Theatre, 2007
"Patrick Stewart's Macbeth starts as a reflective soldier who pauses before using the word "murder", and develops into an insecure monster whose most chilling tactic is a dangerous levity. Stewart has done nothing finer." The Guardian

Orlando Bloom Orlando Bloom
In Celebration, Duke of York's Theatre, 2007
"Bloom's sexual charisma and androgynous prettiness before the camera vanishes clean away on the stage's more distant perspective. He stands around looking caddish in his pencil-thin moustache, blankly disengaged and forever bathed in boredom. His cries of grief while asleep at night typify his performance, being unduly subdued." Evening Standard

Rachel Weisz Rachel Weisz
A Streetcar Named Desire, Donmar Warehouse, 2009
"She rises to the challenge magnificently. It's worth pointing out that Williams's own stage directions described the character as being about 30. Her undoubted beauty is combined here with a fluttering, birdlike nervousness, and sudden moments of desperate panic, that wrench the heart." The Telegraph

Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow
Proof, Donmar Warehouse, 2002
"So how good is Gwyneth Paltrow? On the evidence of her performance in David Auburn's Tony award-winning Proof, I'd say she's definitely got the theatrical gift: watching her one can easily imagine her in a long line of future Ibsen and Chekhov roles." The Guardian

Rob Lowe Rob Lowe
A Few Good Men, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 2005
"Like several of his fellow Brat Pack actors, Lowe is a terrific stage performer. His timing is canny; he cuts through dialogue like a sharp knife with a fine line in crumpled self-deprecation. This is a play packed with memorable one-liners, and Lowe delivers most of them." The Independent

Christian Slater Christian Slater
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Gielgud Theatre, 2005
"There are many things to like about Slater's performance as the misfit subversive who galvanises the ward of mental patients. High on the list is its complete unselfishness. Cocking a mean, mocking eyebrow la Jack Nicholson, his chunky Randle has all the right taunting, bad-boy charm: you'd be torn between slapping him and snogging him. He exudes droll hostility. But the ego of Slater himself is not inflated. He bounces beautifully off the other actors" The Independent

Madonna Madonna
Up For Grabs, Wyndham's Theatre, 2002
"They gave Madonna a standing ovation. But, since her performance in David Williamson's comedy is that of a dogged trier lacking in technique or mystery, the gesture is meaningless: what the audience is applauding is not achievement but some hollow concept of celebrity." The Guardian

Matt Damon Matt Damon
This Is Our Youth, Garrick Theare, 2002
"Matt Damon is outstanding as the bullying, hustling, drug-dealing Dennis. Here, you think, is a thoroughly nasty piece of work, but, when Damon's face lights up in a wicked grin, you become suddenly aware of the delightful child Dennis must once have been, while his grief at the end, as he realises for the first time that he is neither immortal nor anything all that special, is far more affecting than Hayden Christensen's much tougher performance." The Telegraph

Ewan McGregor Ewan McGregor
Guys and Dolls, Piccadilly Theatre, 2005
"McGregor's colourless Sky, who has none of the memorable, melancholic cool of Ian Charleson's definitive, 1982 Masterson, makes use of a small, inexpressive singing voice but scarcely wears the looks of a man surprised by love or even lust." Evening Standard

Ethan Hawke Ethan Hawke
The Cherry Orchard, The Old Vic, 2009
"Ethan Hawke is moodily engaging as the eternal student who remains proudly broke and intellectually aloof." Daily Mail

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