Other characters fill out the story nicely, such as Mr. de Winter's capable assistant, Frank Crawley ( Alex Duckworth), gruff retired major Giles Lacy (F. William Oakes), and his good-hearted wife, Beatrice (Tray Gearing). Most notable, since this is a melodrama, is the vile, blackmailing friend of Mrs. Danvers, Jack Favell, played with exquisite slitheryness by Jonathan Jacobs. I'm surprised the audience around me didn't rush the stage to take him and shake him. Maybe they will when you attend.

No review of this production should fail to applaud its sterling production values. The set design by Trevor Elliott is not only opulent but also clever, with a portrait-less frame above the mantelpiece all the more emphatic for not being mentioned in the text. The costume design by Ron Cesario is magnificent as well as period-specific, down to the cuffed trouser legs breaking properly atop the men's shoes. Like the rest, wonderfully accomplished.

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