The Corn Is Green has opened to rave reviews at the National’s Lyttleton Theatre.
Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical play about visionary teacher has been given a bold new staging by Dominic Cooke. Alice Orr-Ewing ‘gets plenty of laughs’ as ‘the timid but snobbish’ teacher Miss Ronberry.
Miss Lily Moffat, when she arrives in rural North Wales, is determined to help young local miners out of poverty by teaching them to read and write. When she takes interest in one promising pupil, she faces growing resistance from the community – despite this, she does everything in her power to help forge him a new future.
carefully observed supporting characters from Alice Orr-Ewing’s genteel Miss Ronberry, all fading hopes and constant checks in the mirror,