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Farouk Campbell

Vincent in Brixton at the Cottesloe

All is not as it seems at 87 Hackford Road, Brixton. Enter Vincent van Gogh, a young art dealer seeking new lodgings.

Within five minutes of trying to impress his landlady, Mrs Loyer (played by Clare Higgins) to accept him as a tenant, Vincent reveals his blunt and tactless manner and at the same time declares his love for Eugenie Loyer, his landlady's daughter.

In the course of events Vincent – described as a "very stormy fellow" – learns and develops himself and shows he shares a mental affinity with his landlady, eventually falling in love with her.

Nicholas Wright's new play charting the plausible developments and early influences of Vincent van Gogh's life in London is a charming, strong, evocative drama entwined with profound sadness and humour.

With superb casting of Jochum Ten Haaf as Vincent and impressive set design reminiscent of one of his paintings, Vincent in Brixton exhibits theatre at it finest. This play is a joy to watch with very strong performances all round.
• Vincent in Brixton is in repertory at the Cottesloe Theatre until 27 July.
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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