Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner happily sign autographs despite their play’s sour reception


Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner smiled despite their West End play’s sour reception as they signed autographs for fans outside the theatre on Friday.

The pair are currently starring in the two-man show Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre. 

The Doctor Who actress, 36, looked effortlessly chic in a ankle-length black overcoat, worn over a thick black jumper.

Jenna broke up the almost entirely all black ensemble with white, green and red checked maxi shirt. 

The star paired the outfit with chunky heeled black patent leather loafers and a matching shoulder bag. 

Effortless chic: Jenna Coleman, 36, looked casual yet stylish as she signed autographs for fans after Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons performance

Effortless chic: Jenna Coleman, 36, looked casual yet stylish as she signed autographs for fans after Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons performance

The Victoria protagonist left her blonde-dyed bob loose and kept her make-up discreet, wearing a touch of eyeliner and mascara.

Her fellow lead Aidan, 39, also kept it casual, opting for a white t-shirt, camel overshirt, and black jeans.

The Poldark actor paired the outfit with white New Balance trainers with red detail. 

The stars’ play will be on-stage for a nine-week run and sees Jenna play rule-abiding lawyer Bernadette while Aidan portrays free-spirited musician Oliver.

The official synopsis reads: ‘”Let’s just talk until it goes”. You’re going to speak more than 123 million words in your lifetime. What will you do when they run out?

‘Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons is a tender and funny rom-com about what we say, how we say it, and what happens when we can’t say anything anymore’. 

The play explores a young couple’s response to a dystopian world in which words are rationed by ‘hush laws.’ 

Jenna and Aidan take starring roles in this two-hander, which is a West End revival of Sam Steiner’s debut play of the same name – a huge success following its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015.

Casual: Aidan Turner, 39, turned up in a relaxed attire of a camel overshirt, black jeans, and New Balance trainers

Casual: Aidan Turner, 39, turned up in a relaxed attire of a camel overshirt, black jeans, and New Balance trainers

However, despite the talent of the actors, critics have been left with a slightly sour taste in their mouth since  Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons’ press night at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre on Tuesday evening.

Mail Online’s Patrick Marmion gave the play two out of five stars and described the script as ‘gimmicky’.

He said: ‘Give [anyone] a gimmicky script like this one by Sam Steiner and they will inevitably wind up sounding like Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, waffling to kill time on This Morning.’

Offering the play three out of five stars, Time Out magazine described it as ‘a disarmingly bleak affair, or certainly in comparison to eight years ago’ – with Brexit blamed for its ‘dour’ tone. 

Unfazed: The Doctor Who star didn't seem to bothered by the play's less than stellar critical response as she happily signed autographs for attendees

Unfazed: The Doctor Who star didn’t seem to bothered by the play’s less than stellar critical response as she happily signed autographs for attendees

Happy face: Aidan was all smiles despite the play's slightly sour reception as he signed autographs for fans outside the theatre

Happy face: Aidan was all smiles despite the play’s slightly sour reception as he signed autographs for fans outside the theatre

However the ‘lovely’ set design was praised, while Steiner’s words – of which some have been rewritten since its debut – were applauded for standing the test the time. 

Elsewhere The Times also offered three out of five stars, while claiming the play soon runs out of steam. 

‘Can two good actors and a gifted director, Josie Rourke, make this cocktail of cute ideas add up to more than the sum of its parts? Not quite,’ they write

Starring roles: The actors play Oliver and Bernadette in this two-hander, currently showing at London's Harold Pinter Theatre (pictured onstage)

Starring roles: The actors play Oliver and Bernadette in this two-hander, currently showing at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre (pictured onstage)

‘Worse, a singsong of Total Eclipse of the Heart trails off when he runs out of words before she does. Every now and then they fall apart.’ 

Meanwhile The Telegraph claimed it was ‘tantalising, but limited’ despite strong performances from its two stars, writing: ‘Plenty for fans to admire, then, but a few syllables short of a humdinger.’ 

              LEMONS ALL ROUND!                            WHAT THE CRITICS SAID

 ‘Can two good actors and a gifted director, Josie Rourke, make this cocktail of cute ideas add up to more than the sum of its parts? Not quite’The Times 

‘A disarmingly bleak affair, or certainly in comparison to eight years ago’ – Time Out London

A bittersweet pleasure… a sad love story subtly enacted by two luminous screen stars’ – The Evening Standard

‘Plenty for fans to admire, then, but a few syllables short of a humdinger’ The Telegraph  

 

‘Coleman and Turner are endearing together, although they remain cutesy for too long, repeating riffs on their first meeting in a pet cemetery’ – The Guardian

‘Ultimately, Lemons did feel a little long despite the tremendous likeability of its central pairing but its central premise is compelling and it’s clear its author Sam Steiner is going to be a name of which we are all to become far more familiar’Monstagigz

 

 

 

 

Dark themes: The play explores a young couple’s response to a dystopian world in which words are rationed by 'hush laws'

Dark themes: The play explores a young couple’s response to a dystopian world in which words are rationed by ‘hush laws’ 



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