Reviews: Tori Amos's 'magical' musical The Light Princess
Amos's new musical is 'ravishing' to look at and its star Rosalie Craig is astonishing
What you need to know
Tori Amos's new musical, The Light Princess, has opened at the National Theatre, and its young star is wowing the critics. Singer-songwriter Amos, known for hits such as Crucify and Cornflake Girl, composed the music and collaborated with playwright Samuel Adamson on the book for the show.
The Light Princess is a fairy tale about loss and rebellion. The grief-stricken Princess Althea starts to float away from the world after her mother's death, but is brought back to earth by her love for a similarly grief-stricken prince from a warring neighbouring kingdom.
Marianne Elliott (Curious Incident, War Horse) directs red-head Rosalie Craig (who resembles Amos) as Althea. Runs until 9 January 2014.
What the critics like
Brilliantly staged by Marianne Elliott The Light Princess is "a magical and ravishingly distinctive fusion of the theatrical arts", says Paul Taylor in The Independent. The astonishing Rosalie Craig manages to pour forth a stream of glorious sound in this bewitchingly unusual evening.
"The National's new musical is a visual and technical tour de force with a title performance from Rosalie Craig that'll blow your mind and melt your heart," says Andrzej Lukowski in Time Out. It's a ravishing production by Elliott's team and Craig is utterly enchanting as Althea.
Elliott's production is spectacular, but the evening's laurels go to Rosalie Craig, says Robert Shore in Metro. She's a spunkily charismatic princess, capable of doing head-spinning acrobatics while remaining pitch-perfect - a star is born.
What they don't like
For all the visual swagger and a gorgeous central performance from Craig, the show "lacks a genuine fairy tale sense of wonder or real emotional punch", says Lyn Gardner in The Guardian. The narrative is over-crowded and preachy, and while Amos's score is sometimes lush, it can also be unexpectedly bland. ·