The Faith Machine

Though admirable in several respects, award-winning Alexi Kaye Campbell’s intelligent and witty new play addresses too many heartfelt topics to completely satisfy.

American adman Tom (Kyle Soller – definitely a name to watch) chooses career over conscience and reaps the financial rewards, whilst his idealistic English lover (Hayley Atwell) follows in the footsteps of her principled father (excellent Ian McDiarmid) an Anglican bishop whose championing of gay rights costs him dear before his sardonic ripostes are cruelly curtailed by a series of strokes.

It’s an ambitious, well-acted and thoughtful production – but a little more discipline and a little less contrivance would strengthen this exploration of the relationship between faith and capitalism.

– Louise Kingsley

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
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Until October 1