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Stage play by Lord Byron. Minerva Theatre, Chichester, September 24, 1992; four nights only. Directed by Edward Hall.

Cast: Samuel West (Cain), Alexis Denisof (Lucifer), Maria Miles (Adah), Kate O'Mara (Eve), Robert Portal (Abel).

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  • Times, "Room for one more in the Hall of fame?" February 19, 1998, by Jeremy Kingston.
    "...I recall his production of Cain, where Samuel West's hero argued the theological toss with Alexis Denisof's Lucifer in a hollow of sand." (complete text)


  • Times, "Byronic twist to the Bible." September 28, 1992, by Jeremy Kingston.
    "Lucifer's entrance is a coup de theatre, raising himself from the mound at the centre of Alice Normington's set, a saucer of golden sand filling the stage. His slow emergence and the flexing of his limbs occupies the time of Cain's wondering speech, illustrating Hall's concern to provide something to look at when Byron is overdoing the adjectives. With his young body, ageless face and grey hair, Alexis Denisof is an uncanny presence. Never raising his voice, nor smiling, murmuring his ironic questions and giving mysterious weight to his oft-repeated "I," he coolly inhabits the two worlds of physical and supernatural." (
    complete text)

  • Guardian, "Chichester: Cain." September 28, 1992, by Michael Billington.
    "Alexis Denisof's semi-naked Lucifer has a fallen-angel luminosity..." (complete text).

  • The Byron Journal, "Byron's Cain." 1993, by Edward Burns.
    "On the emergence of Lucifer, the performance warmed, as it should, in growing confidence and self-recognition. Alexis Denisof emerged, in a parody of the creation of Adam, from the centre of the heap of sand, a handsome, near-naked figure, with a chillingly classical demeanour. His mocking refusal of Cain's need for fellowship was exactly right, although--and this seemed true of the production as a whole--the circumstances of a prescribed rehearsal and performance timetable seem not to have left time for the relationship to develop with the subtlety it promised.... Again, West and Denisof gave a tantalizing sense [in the second act] of unfulfilled promise, the questioning self-consciousness of the one and the contained predatory precision of the other giving a sense of what was, in the physical staging, frustratingly sketchy." (complete text)

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