Tom Mison as Fainall in The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse
The Way of the World by William Congreve
March 29, 2018 thru May 26, 2018
Role: the villainous cad, Fainall

 

 

 

Family, money, desire: the rules of the game, the way of the world.

Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are riven by desire – there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Congreve’s glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win just to get by.

 

Reviews

There’s a crispness and clarity to the way this production highlights the contrast between Mirabell and his superficially similar fellow-gallant, Fainall. Tom Mison shows you a disturbing, almost neurotic meanness of spirit behind the studied languor of a ruthless individualist who will stop at nothing (even defaming his wife) to get his hands on all the Wishfort money. Though he has done unfortunate things in his past, Mirabell now appreciates the humane value of contracts. -- The Independent, April 2018

Even the manipulative Mrs Marwood (played by Jenny Jules with a hauteur that hides real pain) is allowed our sympathy; she has been used by Fainall, who Mison plays magnificently, his languor hardening into savagery as the evening progresses. As his traduced wife, Caroline Martin finds a moving sense of betrayal and fierce self-reliance. -- What's On Stage, April 2018

But you feel deep sympathy for her when, as Fainall seeks to tie her to an extortionate contract, she cries “Never to marry!” in despair at a life of sexless solitude. In a play that scarcely has a dud role, there is a wealth of fine performances. Tom Mison and Jenny Jules lend the arch plotters a hint of inner complexity. -- The Guardian, April 2018