Late Reviews for Relative Values


“The cast does not contain a single weak link, with every actor bringing something unique to their role … Steven Pacey brings a sniggering campness to Felicity’s nephew.”

Rachel Fellows, The Arbuturian
22 April, 2014 The Arbuturian Rachel Fellows not rated

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Relative Values Curtain Call

Photographer, David Benett, was in the press crowd for the Relative Values press night on 14 April, 2014. The result, some great curtain call photographs! They are available for purchase from Getty Images.

Curtain Call

Steven Pacey (Peter Ingleton) and Rory Bremner (Crestwell, butler).
Photograph © David Benett and Getty Images.

Curtain Call

Amanda Boxer, Sam Hoare, Steven Pacey, Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner, Leigh Zimmerman and Ben Mansfield.
Photograph © David Benett and Getty Images.

Curtain Call

Sam Hoare, Steven Pacey, Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner, Leigh Zimmerman.
Photograph © David Benett and Getty Images.

Curtain Call

Sam Hoare, Steven Pacey, Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner, Leigh Zimmerman.
Photograph © David Benett and Getty Images.

Curtain Call

Steven Pacey, Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner.
Photograph © David Benett and Getty Images.

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Relative Values West End Reviews


Patricia Hodge (Felicity, Countess of Marshwood), Steven Pacey (Peter Ingleton), Ben Mansfield (Don Lucas), Leigh Zimmerman (Miranda Frayle) and Sam Hoare (Nigel, Earl of Marshwood). Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Press night was 14 April for Relative Values. Here are the reviews so far:

Professional Reviews

“Steven Pacey is equally perfectly cast as the Countess’ nephew, bringing a playful, camp vibe to the character that never fails to raise a smile.”

Dom Ellis, SoSoGay Magazine

“Patricia Hodge is on fine form as the Countess, and is well complemented by Steven Pacey as her nephew and co-conspirator; Pacey showed a couple of years ago in Charley’s Aunt that he has a talent for playing well-to-do gents who have entered middle age without slowing down or acquiring grace and poise, and his Hon. Peter is cut from the same cloth.”

Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times

“Steven Pacey ingeniously finds a gay subtext in the underwritten character of the countess’s nephew”

Michael Billington, The Guardian

“… delightful supporting performances from Steven Pacey as a deliciously camp friend of the family”

Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

“… some nice turns coming from Steven Pacey as a gay nephew”

David Phipps-Davis, What’s On Stage

“What could easily become just a vehicle for Hodge’s brilliance reinvents itself as a true ensemble piece, and even Steven Pacey (in the thankless role of the Countess’s nephew) stakes his claim.”

Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk

“Steven Pacey plays an amused observer with a Puckish feyness that may not be in the text.”

Gerald Berkowitz, Cheap Theatre Tickets

“Extra credit must go to Steven Pacey as Peter.”

Charlie Ward, Cheap Theatre Tickets
15 April The Telegraph Charles Spencer ****
15 April Financial Times Ian Shuttleworth ***
15 April The Stage Ben Dowell not rated
15 April The Guardian Michael Billington ***
15 April What’s On Stage David Phipps-Davis ****
15 April Time Out London Andrzej Lukowski **
15 April London Theatre Guide Mark Shenton **
15 April BBC News: Entertainment and Arts not rated
16 April The Times
(subscription only)
Kate Bassett ****
16 April West End Frame Andrew Tomlins ****
16 April Cheap Theatre Tickets Charlie Ward not rated
17 April SoSoGay Magazine Dom Ellis ****
18 April The Arts Desk Alexandra Coghlan not rated
20 April London Evening Standard Fiona Mountford ***
20 April London Evening Standard Fiona Mountford ***
not dated Theatre Guide London Gerald Berkowitz ***
not dated Exeunt Magazine Neil Dowden ***

Amateur Reviews

“Steven Pacey’s effete, Woosterish Peter, who steals many scenes with a raised eyebrow or arch comment.”

Scott Matthewman, The Public Reviews

“Special mentions have to be given to the performances from Zimmerman (Miranda), Quentin (Moxie) and Stephen [sic] Pacey (Felicity’s amusing nephew Peter)”

Nutleyone BLOG

“Steven Pacey adds to the jollity flitting about the stage as Peter, Felicity’s perkily flippant nephew, he’s especially hilarious when he develops a crush on the second movie star to turn up.”

Phil, West End Whinger’s BLOG

“Her partner in crime is her nephew the Honourable Peter Ingleton who brings a gay lightness to the playful character. Steven Pacey as Peter is very amusing in his efforts to ensnare an unsuspecting Don Lucas, the very attractive yet dim actor in what turns out to be something of a love square.”

Amina Bhuiyan, A Younger Theatre

“Steven Pacey has a particular take on the role of the Countess’ nephew and carries it through with real charm.”

Owen Davies, Plays to See
31 March West End Whingers Phil ****
10 April nutleyone ***
15 April Reviews Gate Carole Woddis not rated
16 April Plays to See Owen Davies ****
18 April A Younger Theatre Amina Bhuiyan not rated
20 April The Public Reviews Scott Matthewman *** 1/2

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Jane Hobson Production Photos

Jane Hobson took another set of production photographs for Relative Values on the 26 March with the updated West End cast, including this one of Steven Pacey:

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Steven Pacey as Hon. Peter Ingleton. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

All the photographs on this page are © Jane Hobson, who has kindly let us display them. They are all available for purchase at her website, and are fantastic for autographs!

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Rory Bremner (Crestwell), Patricia Hodge (Felicity, Countess of Marshwood), Caroline Quentin (Moxie, the housemaid), Steven Pacey (Peter Ingleton). Photograph © Jane Hobson.

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… and a whole collection of photographs featuring Leigh Zimmerman, who replaces Katherine Kingsley as Miranda Frayle, similar to the one shown:
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Patricia Hodge (Felicity, Countess of Marshwood), Steven Pacey (Peter Ingleton), Ben Mansfield (Don Lucas), Leigh Zimmerman (Miranda Frayle) and Sam Hoare (Nigel, Earl of Marshwood). Photograph © Jane Hobson.

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Reprising Relative Values

Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Rory Bremner star in Trevor Nunn’s production of Relative Values, which arrives in the West End following a successful run at the Theatre Royal Bath.

Steven Pacey confirmed on the weekend that he will reprise his role as Peter, the countess’ nephew, in the production!

Relative Values - Times

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street

Previews from: 19 March, 2014
Opening Night: 14 April, 2014
Closing Night: 21 June, 2014

Show Times:
Monday to Saturday 19:30
Matinees Thursday and Saturday 14:30

Tickets £20 to £55
Available from the usual agents

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Steven Pacey reads, Guilt, the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen. Scheduled to be released 27 February, 2014.


1987. Nete Rosen thought she’d put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete’s new life could be shattered. But she won’t be drawn back into that nightmare – she won’t be a victim again…

2010. Detective Carl M’rck from Copenhagen’s cold case division is looking into the disappearance of Rita Nielsen, an escort agency owner. The investigation reveals that Rita is only one piece of the puzzle. Because this is not a one-off incident – but part of a disturbing pattern which has been hidden from prying eyes for over twenty years…

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Guilt is available for Pre-Order now.

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You Will Never Find Me

Steven Pacey reads the next in Robert Wilson‘s Charles Boxer mysteries, You Will Never Find Me. Due to be released 13 February 2014.

You Will Never Find Me

Charlie Boxer messed up his family life. First the army, then the police, then high-stakes kidnap and recovery, his ex-wife and daughter learnt to live without him as his work took him places no man can come back from unscarred. Trying to rebuild a relationship with Amy, his teenage daughter, hasn’t been easy. But Charlie only realises just how wrong things have gone when he finds her empty room and a note: You will never find me.

Having spent years working to track down kidnap victims, Charlie knows that sometimes, the missing don’t want to be found. And he knows the hell it brings for families – the vanished are neither dead or alive, but simply gone. Worse still, Charlie Boxer knows how quickly a life can fall apart once you’re living under the radar. For Charlie, danger has finally come to his front door and to crack the hardest case he’s ever worked, it’s time to face up to the true meaning of the sins of the father.

Publisher’s Summary

Pre-Order Now

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King Lear at BAM

King Lear premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on 7 January. No reviews yet.

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Steven Pacey in King Lear
Photo: Johan Persson

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Poirot Repeat in UK

Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 13, Episode 2: The Big Four, featuring Steven Pacey, will be re-broadcast for UK viewers on:

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10 January, 2014

This episode will appear on ITV Player for 30 days following the broadcast.

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Seasons Greetings!

Best wishes for the season, from! To celebrate, here’s some old Storyteller Christmas songs, featuring Steven Pacey.

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