After Life London Reviews and Tickets

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Strangers must choose one memory to cling to forever as they meet in the After Life waiting room.

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Critic Reviews (6)

Time Out London
June 11th, 2021

Jack Thorne’s stunning version of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s magical realist drama is the best show to run in London since the pandemic.
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 11th, 2021

An adaptation of the 1998 film of the same name by Japanese film-maker Kirokazu Kore-eda, the play’s conceit is simple, yet captures the imagination like some engrossing dinner-party provocation.
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WhatsOnStage
June 10th, 2021

It's an odd piece, but somehow profoundly satisfying in the subtle ways it deals with grief, doubt and death.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 11th, 2021

Although After Life is based on a film, its best parts are pure theatre. The performers play with the liveness and the artificiality of recreating a memory.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 15th, 2021

[Jack Thorne] does not imitate the movie’s exquisite, patient closeups but conjures up something of its strange, transfixing mixture: like a Covid dream, in which otherworldliness is subject to anxious administrators.
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The Stage (UK)
June 11th, 2021

There are many (quite literally) moving parts in After Life, but by some miracle each part feels tempered and bolstered by the other parts around it, rather than a series of more disparate elements tied together.
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