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Reviews

                                                                       

First Episode, Jermyn Street, 2014

Caroline Langrisher is delicious as the sultry Margot, but it's Molly Hanson making her professional debut as the ditzy Joan, who shows a deft comic touch and lights up the stage whenever she's on. 

- Tony Peters, West End Wilma -

 

Hanson is easily the most enjoyable, least forced performance in the play, as she darts between drinks and dalliance in the boys' sitting room and a thick-headed morning-after in the King's Head Hotel .

-Michael Coveney-

Hanson brings irresistible warmth to Joan, who Rattigan doesn't trouble to imbue with any characteristics other than ditzy and desirable. 

Marianka Swain, The Arts Desk - 

The competing attraction is professional stage debutante Molly Hanson, delicious as flighty, flirty, Miss Taylor, who runs merrily through the whole house in double quick time before landing herself a happy ending. 

- David Chadderton, The British Theatre Guide - 

Adam Buchanan (Bertie) and Molly Hanson (Joan) drove much of the comedy in the production; their lovable renditions of two particularly foolish characters were cringe-inducing. 

-  Rebecca Lathan, A Younger Theatre - 

Hanson, in her professional debut, brings a sense of fun to Joan, a character who is there simply to reflect the (horrifying to a modern audience) callous attitudes of the male undergraduates towards women. 

- Ben Lawrence, Telegraph - 

Caroline Langrishe as the visiting star, Gavin Fowler as her feckless lover, Philip Labey as his emotionally possessive chum and Molly Hanson as a beguiling hanger-on all impress in the play that Rattigan may have later disowned but which shows that, even at 22, he was a born dramatist. 

- Micheal Billington, The Guardian - 

There's a wonderful turn by Molly Hanson as a dim but amiably willing flapper passed between the young men with a shrug...

- Libby Purves, www.theatrecat.com -

                                                          

As You Like It, Windsor Savill Gardens, 2016

                                            

Molly Hanson is excellent as the oft-exasperated Celia, grouchy but lovable enough for us to be hugely pleased when she snares the man she wants in the end - a good friend winning out. She plays second fiddle for much of the time to Anna Lukis as Rosalind, the girl who poses as a man who poses as a girl. 

- Gary Naylor, Broadway World - 

 

Anna Lukis makes an attractively high-spirited Rosalind, gamely embellishing her male Ganymede persona with a swagger [...], while as the more pragmatic Celia the excellent Molly Hanson undercuts her cousin's romantic dreaminess to great comic effect. 

- Neil Dowden, The Stage - 

 

Molly Hanson's Celia shines not only via her dress but through her superior vocal power and her ability to draw one's attention even when of the ball. Hanson enjoys a perfectly staged romantic climax at the end when the repentant brother Oliver comes across Rosalind and Celia in the gorgeous rose garden, ablaze with drifts of white, yellow and magenta. She stands on the ship-shaped steel balcony like Kate Winslet on the prow of the Titanic, pressing her full skirts tantalisingly against the rails as she leans over to catch Oliver's full attention. Not hurrying her speech, weighing her timing [...] Hanson makes Celia an intriguing character. 

- Ismene Brown, The Arts Desk -

 

Molly Hanson is a delightful as quick-witted Celia. Exiled, by choice, to follow Rosalind into the forest, she takes on the roll of Aliena, making for a beautiful, petulant garden fairy as she becomes accomplice to the tricks that her friend plays on Orlando. 

- Simon Harding, Theatre Breaks -

As You Like It, photo by Richard Davenport

First Episode, photo by Flavia Fraser-Cannon