Review: Passion

By John Nathan, September 28, 2010

Donmar Warehouse, London WC2

Passion is no one's favourite Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical. Set in 19th-century Italy, its lesson - that love overcomes all barriers, even between the beautiful and the plain - seems for much of Jamie Lloyd's production to be replaced by the message that emotional blackmail works if you fancy someone enough.

Elena Roger is the dying obsessive who stalks her way into the life, then the heart, of David Thaxton's dashing soldier Giorgio.

Sentimental it may be, but you cannot deny the emotions, the mesmerising Argentine Roger, nor even Sondheim's circular, hypnotic score.

Like Giorgio, I resisted for a while but by the end I was polaxed. (Tel: 0844 871 7624)

Last updated: 11:16am, September 28 2010