101 Dalmatians (London)
Closed 2h 20m
101 Dalmatians (London)
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101 Dalmatians (London) London Reviews and Tickets

61%
(65 Reviews)
Positive
49%
Mixed
23%
Negative
28%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Disappointing

About the Show

Zinnie Harris' adaptation of the beloved children's story with music by Douglas Hodge.

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Member Reviews (65)

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117 Reviews | 9 Followers
68
Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You want to see a new musical with a new score.

Don't see it if The sound quality wasn't great at times, and the show needed some work.

104 Reviews | 11 Followers
25
Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a nicely staged but sadly lackluster attempt at telling a well loved story.

Don't see it if you want anything akin to the classic Disney movie or you expect interesting or memorable music. Read more

65 Reviews | 6 Followers
63
Sweet, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You have VERY young children

Don't see it if You like music Read more

32 Reviews | 0 Followers
56
Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if The best I can say is that I am glad I saw it but won’t be going again. Some of the staging and puppets were clever

Don't see it if A decent show

30 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Quirky, Great singing, Funny

See it if You wanna see a classic story but made up to date with amazing singers and musicians on stage and crazy costumes

Don't see it if You want a carbon copy of the disney movie, its not that

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
67
Predictable, Fun, Great staging, Great singing, Slow

See it if you don't mind a modernised twist on 101 Dalmations, can tolerate animal abuse and just looking for something diverting not prize winning

Don't see it if don't like animal abuse, want something fresh or intriguing

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
84
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Outstanding theatre and how clever everything is done. The puppetry of the dogs was brilliant. Great acting by all

Don't see it if Songs were average but then the film version wasn't a musical so they all had to be wrote from scratch.

16 Reviews | 3 Followers
100
Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy a fun twist on a classic. Some very clever inclusions to appeal to current moderns audiences & brilliant use of stage space & prop

Don't see it if The only negative was the slow start. It picked up very quickly however, both in terms of plot devices, and improvements in the song quality

Critic Reviews (11)

Time Out London
July 25th, 2022

"Lots of positives, then, but as a whole, it feels pretty all over the shop. "
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The London Evening Standard
July 25th, 2022

"This puppyish, puppet-led musical based on Dodie Smith’s spotty dog story wins you over with sheer dazzle and bonkers invention."
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The Guardian (UK)
July 24th, 2022

"This family musical, adapted by Zinnie Harris, has form to live up to. It comes with lots of puppyish enthusiasm and Toby Olié’s adorable puppets, but it does not quite manage to melt our hearts in the way of its forebears."
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The Times (UK)
July 25th, 2022

"Traditionalists shouldn’t be too alarmed. ... Composer-lyricist Douglas Hodge and book writer Johnny McKnight serve up a sugar-and-spice confection — based on a stage adaptation by Zinnie Harris — which ought to appeal to adults and children alike."
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The Arts Desk
July 26th, 2022

"Woof from a show not yet quite there but giving off every sign of continued life with a bit of care and grooming. After all, if cats can have nine lives, don't these Dalmatians deserve at least one more?"
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London Theatre
July 25th, 2022

"This adaptation is all bark and no bite."
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The Telegraph (UK)
July 25th, 2022

"There’s a palpable strain about Zinnie Harris’s hectic, heavily condensed rewrite, which practically drips sweat in its determination to update the original for today’s politically polarised social media age."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
July 26th, 2022

“While it’s exciting to see a new musical premiere at Regent’s Park, this was probably the wrong choice. Even with a two-year delay, 101 Dalmatians is more of a dogs dinner than a Crufts Champion, and ultimately, pretty forgettable.”
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