Reviews: Here's What Critics Think of Emma Rice’s Wuthering Heights at St. Ann’s Warehouse | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Here's What Critics Think of Emma Rice’s Wuthering Heights at St. Ann’s Warehouse

The director's adaptation of the Emily Brontë classic makes its U.S. premiere Off-Broadway.

Liam Tamne and Lucy McCormick in Wuthering Heights
Liam Tamne and Lucy McCormick in Wuthering Heights Teddy Wolff

Reviews are coming in for the U.S. premiere of director Emma Rice's adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Performances began October 15 at St. Ann's Warehouse and will run through November 6.

Lucy McCormick stars as Catherine, the daughter of the Earnshaws who adopt Heathcliff, played by Liam Tamne, and take him away from life on the Liverpool docks. At the family's home Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Catherine discover they are kindred spirits, igniting a love that is thwarted, and subsequently unleashes a brutal chain of events.

Also starring in the production are TJ Holmes as Dr Kenneth, Jordan Laviniere as Zillah, Lloyd Gorman as Mr Earnshaw/Robert, Tama Phethean as Hindley Earnshaw/Hareton Earnshaw, Eleanor Sutton as Frances Earnshaw/Young Cathy, Sam Archer as Lockwood/Edgar Linton, Nandi Bhebhe as The Yorkshire Moor, Katy Ellis as swing, and Katy Owen as Isabella Linton/Linton Heathcliff. Archer, Bhebhe, Ellis, and Owen have all starred in previous productions.

Read the reviews here.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

New York Stage Review (Sandy MacDonald)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

The New York Times (Laura Collins-Hughes)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Steph Elstob serves as understudy. The onstage band features Sid Goldsmith on guitars, music director Pat Moran on bass guitar, and Jeevan Singh on percussion.

Rice helms the creative team which includes set and costume designer Vicki Mortimer, sound and video designer Simon Baker, composer Ian Ross, lighting designer Jai Morjaria, puppetry director John Leader, Kev McCurdy as fight director, and wigs, hair, and makeup supervisor Giuseppe Cannas. Movement and choreography is by Etta Murfitt and props are by Lizzie Frankl and Fahmida Bakht. Laura Keefe serves as associate director with Kate Foster as company stage manager.

Wuthering Heights is presented by St. Ann's Warehouse, Wise Children, and the National Theatre in association with Bristol Old Vic, York Theatre Royal, and Berkeley Repertory Theater. Following the Off-Broadway run, the show will continue with a national tour.

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