Young Pretender (2 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Young Pretender

Bonny Prince Charlie tale let down by performance

Nabokov Theatre’s Young Pretender starts off in excellent form with witty dialogue and a fast-paced breathless delivery, portraying a naïve Bonny Prince Charlie holding on to idealism while on the cusp of failure. Even with well-written material and a talented cast, the production is unfortunately let down by a performance that fails to engage the audience, and ends up seeming like an exercise in dramatic parrying.

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Young Pretender

  • 2 stars

'We’ve been in revolution since I was born. I never had to die before'. At 25 years old, the brilliant but reckless Bonnie Prince Charlie rebelled in a blaze of glory. By the time he was 26 his dreams lay in ruins and he was fleeing for his life. Amidst the chaos of war and in the face of defeat, the Young Pretender is…

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