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Stockard Channing praised for West End return

US actress Stockard Channing has been praised by critics for her first West End appearance since 1992.

"Before I wrote the play there was a constant conversation about not enough parts being written for older women," he said.

"Most of the most interesting people I know are older women, so that was something I wanted to consciously address."

Writing in The Guardian, critic Michael Billington described Channing as "a serious, intelligent actor [who] induces sympathy for the character of a seemingly monstrous matriarch".

Yet he took issue with what he called Kristin's "astonishing insensitivity" and questioned Campbell's "assumption that left-wing militancy is incompatible with good manners."

Channing last appeared in the West End in 1992 in Six Degrees of Separation. She went on to star in the film version of John Guare's play, for which she was nominated for an Oscar in 1994.

Since then she has been seen in London in The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and Awake and Sing at the Almeida theatre is Islington.

Apologia runs at London's Trafalgar Studios until 18 November.