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Beowulf

From 3 critic and 4 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Confusing, Slow

About the show

Autojeu Theatre presents a comic riff on one of history’s most famous tales. See Beowulf stride, swim, fight, and flounder in this physical, musical performance. More…

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.



95
Front Row Center

“A funny and riotous romping good time...Pythonesque in their approach, mercurial in their depictions, irreverent in their storytelling, skilled in their craft, delightful in their song, they find continuous fun in the opera-like story and make that fun contagious...Sam has a wonderfully precise mime skill that allows the audience to picture exactly what he is describing...Pete adds a depth of color and sound to the show...and playing a foil for Sam as he lays out the tale of adventure.” Full Review

85
Fringe Review (UK)

for a previous production "Sam Gibbs taps into his playful, physical style of storytelling. Moving seamlessly between direct storytelling and making character, he creates a cast of comedic and ridiculous caricatures, which are believable in their failings...Overall this is a great piece of theatre. The diversions from the story and ‘nods’ to the audience were engaging. A wealth of theatrical and musical talent coupled with a sense of playfulness on the stage makes this performance immensely entertaining." Full Review

70
BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "It might bear the same name as the great poem, but that is where the similarities begin and end...Part improvisation, part slick comedy routine, part pantomime, part musical, part physical theatre, part arrant nonsense, this Beowulf is an imaginative comic romp...It defies categorisation, and not in a bad way...The piece is slightly too long and for too much of the performance Buffery has nothing to do. But it is undeniably inventive and there are many laughs created." Full Review


90
Fun, Funny, Smart, Tuneful, Surprising

See it if you would like to see a stand-up routine with sharp musical accompaniment take on the oldest of English language classics.

Don't see it if you are expecting fidelity to the source text.

Also I found "Beowulf" a delight from beginning to end, & so did the audien... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You loved or hated Beowulf in high school, and you appreciate a fun fast-paced take on the story - also if you like Monty Python style humor

Don't see it if You hate solo shows or British accents.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You like fun and inventive tellings of mythology and Norse legends.

Don't see it if Want a serious telling of Beowulf. Dont like small staging.

56
Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy modern takes on classic tales. You like shows w/small production values. You have some familiarity w/Beowulf.

Don't see it if You want a consistent style: it varies between serious, which works, & a silly, nightclub vibe, which doesn't. You prefer big productions.



Cast & Creatives (2)