By Roger Crane
Directed by Jonathan Church
Set Design by William Dudley
Starring David Suchet, Philip Craig, Donald Douglas and Richard O’Callaghan
His Majesty’s Theatre
Until August 16
The sudden death of the first Pope John Paul, Cardinal Albino Luciani, in September 1978, left a disquieting aftertaste. An apparently healthy man of only 65, barely a month into his papacy, he died in contradictory circumstances, while Vatican scandals lurked in the shadows.
After a whodunnit? This could be a doozy.
Trouble is, The Last Confession is an awfully convoluted one, constructed around real, well-known, figures of the recent past. That gives its writer, Roger Crane, a lot of work to do, and precious little historical wriggle-room in which to do it.
Link here to the complete review in The West Australian