COME FROM AWAY
"The ensemble cast is quite extraordinary...and Douglas Hansell keeps the pace of the narrative humming without ever missing a beat and the skill of these performers is truly remarkable."
WHO'S YOUR BAGHDADDY (OR HOW I STARTED THE IRAQ WAR)
Doug Hansell, as the tortured Weapons Analyst who starts the entire war by falsely identifying the WMD, is wonderfully intense throughout. His guilt is palpable, and (in one of the beauties of this format) it could be seen in his eyes.
THE WHARF REVUE: DE JA REVUE
'As Barnaby Joyce, specially-returned-from-the-UK Hansell somehow manages to transform his handsome face into an approximation of a beet-red football while singing a good ol’ Country song.'
'As Charles Clarke...Douglas Hansell is flawless...Hansell makes the character whole and vulnerable; the look of ashen despair as he loses his lover is as affecting as any other aspect of the production.'
A DOLL'S HOUSE
'You spend plenty of time as an audience member wanting to walk onto the stage and slap Douglas Hansell, which is perhaps the best compliment you can pay him. His Torvald is played with complexity and clear objectives — he’s not some simple misogynistic monster, but a man who’s come to view the world in a certain way. He perfectly and disturbingly evokes Torvald’s desperate need to claim ownership over his wife.'
'Doug Hansell is at his best when he breaks through his stoic exterior as Joshua.'
THE WHARF REVUE: OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The Daily Telegraph
'Hansell not only sings and dances up a storm, but does an uncannily good impression too, whether as “Christopher Robin” Pyne saying his evening prayers for the party, or Scott Morrison taking his political policies home to bed with his wife.'
FREUD'S LAST SESSION
'Douglas Hansell is intriguing as the younger Lewis, not yet the famous creator of Narnia, portraying a man both on the defensive yet politely assured of his own convictions. Hansell manages to convey this characteristic without arrogance but rather nuanced self-doubt.'
Kevin Jackson's Theatre Diary
The really wonderful surprise was the work of Doug Hansell, a young 30 year old, who took on, fairly late in the preparation, I'm told, the 70 year old Willy Rosenthal, and pulled off a performance offer that dissipated any ridiculousness of such casting in the event. He created a dignity and gravitas that was entirely unexpected and was understatedly very moving.
Interview on Come From Away