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Jude Law wows in Anna Christie adaptation

11th August 2011

The new stage adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie has been highly praised by critics, with Jude Law's central performance garnering significant acclaim.

Law plays an Irish docker in love with a prostitute, Anna, in a performance described as the best the actor has given by the Guardian, which also paid tribute to Rob Ashford's direction of the play.

The Telegraph described the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play as exuding humour and tenderness, despite tackling melancholy themes, while the Independent also applauded Law's commitment to the role, evident in the muscular physique he developed ahead of the production.

Ruth Wilson's portrayal of Anna was also praised by the Telegraph for being 'tough yet vulnerable'.

'There is an emotional rawness here that is often painful to watch, but not a trace of sentimentality in her acting,' the newspaper stated.

The play is one of the last to be staged under Michael Grandage's tenure as artistic director at the Donmar Warehouse, with John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence the next adaptation to be produced there, beginning its run on October 8th.

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