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Surprising flop from a top-class team: To Have and To Hold, at Hampstead Theatre, reviewed

To Have and To Hold feels like an instalment of Mission: Impossible in comparison with Lynn Nottage Clyde’s at the Donmar

Christopher Fulford and Alun Armstrong in To Have and To Hold at Hampstead Theatre. Image: Marc Brenner

To Have And To Hold boasts a starry cast and a top-class creative team. Richard Bean’s script is a meditation on ageing, directed by Richard Wilson and Terry Johnson, and it opens with a sight-gag about a wonky stairlift descending into a suburban lounge in Yorkshire. The stairlift is occupied by Flo, a tea-drinking fusspot (charmingly played by Marion Bailey), who looks after her crumbling husband, Jack.

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