Sat 6 September 2008, Financial Times

West End story

By Sarah Hemming
This summer one of the hottest tickets in London was a 50-year-old curiosity by a rarely performed playwright. The Chalk Garden , at the Donmar Warehouse, was eccentric, arch and melodramatic. It was also, in the hands of director Michael Grandage and his cast, an exquisite elegy about loss and loneliness that had audiences leaping to their feet at the end. And it was typical of the Donmar Warehouse under Grandage: a revelation, beautifully acted, that became a runaway hit.