Room

Entire Engagement Cancelled Due to COVID-19


Room, a stage adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel and Oscar-winning film, is a coproduction with the Grand Theatre, London, ON, and Covent Garden Productions of London, UK. It played three performances at the Grand before being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Room was to have officially opened at the Grand on March 13 for a four-week run, before transferring to the CAA Theatre in Toronto.

Critic Joe Belanger of the London Free Press — who saw the show in its final preview performance in London — gave it a five-star rating (out of five).

In his published review he wrote:

(out of 5)

“An artistic triumph, a brilliantly constructed and performed play that brings Donoghue’s words to life.

The production employs songs and projections to express the inner thoughts of Ma and Jack and help carry the horrifying story to its conclusion.

The stage version is a different experience than reading the book or watching the film, but is arguably more powerful and entertaining.

Alexis Gordon in the role of Ma gave an inspired, flawless and beautifully nuanced performance as the courageous, loving, conflicted, vulnerable yet incredibly strong character who survives against all odds, willing to do whatever it takes to protect her son and survive. Her vocals on the powerful songs are gorgeous, packed with emotions that make you weep.

Equally powerful and inspiring was the performance of Brandon Michael Arrington in the role of Super Jack, created by Donoghue to express Jack’s inner life, never leaving the stage and never forgetting that he is the alter ego of a five-year-old boy.

Seldom is a play adapted from a novel as fulfilling and rich an experience as the original read, but Room is. It’s a shame so few will get to see it this season.”

Seldom is a play adapted from a novel as fulfilling and rich an experience as the original read, but Room is. It’s a shame so few will get to see it this season.”

Truthful and beautiful. – The Guardian
Vital, imaginative theatre. – Time Out London