Anyone Can Whistle (London)
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Anyone Can Whistle (London)
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Anyone Can Whistle (London) London Reviews and Tickets

64%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
40%
Mixed
50%
Negative
10%
Members say
Quirky, Confusing, Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent

About the Show

Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent's absurdist satirical musical about corruption and conformity. 

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Member Reviews (10)

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260 Reviews | 597 Followers
71
Great music, Dated, Quirky

See it if you have never seen it and are a Sondheim Fan. The mayor steals the show. Other than her, the performances are ok.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a very quirky dated show morality tale about political corruption. The plot misses which is why it's not revived more

37 Reviews | 2 Followers
33
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you are interested in seeing a rarely performed Sondheim Musical

Don't see it if you want an entertaining evening and to discover what the show is actually about Read more

17 Reviews | 3 Followers
75
Funny, Confusing, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You’re a Sondheim fan, wanting to tick this rarely seen show off your list.

Don't see it if The plot can be hard to follow and some performances feel slightly amateur. An entertaining night at the theatre but not a great production

17 Reviews | 0 Followers
58
Weird, Great staging, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like theatre that's a bit out there and unusual, as well as a diverse and vibrant cast who do their absolute best

Don't see it if you're looking for some kind of narrative and directorial masterpiece, or a plot that makes any kind of sense Read more

15 Reviews | 0 Followers
65
Slow, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Stephen Sondheim's music and are not looking to see a show with elaborate staging.

Don't see it if you don't feel like sitting through almost two and a half hours with little plot.

14 Reviews | 3 Followers
68
Fluffy, Indulgent, Great singing, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You want to tick one of Sondheim's rarely done shows off the list. Notable performances from Chrystine Symone & Alex Young.

Don't see it if You want a show with a clear plot line. Production felt amateur at times and needed more polish.

10 Reviews | 1 Follower
73
Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you love Sondheim this is for you. It closed on Broadway after a handful of shows and its barely shown.

Don't see it if A show with no narrative and its hard to follow and its mad

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
85
Quirky, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if One of the best scores with some really underrated songs. Some really really fantastic performances, particularly Alex Young as Cora.

Don't see it if If you don’t like Sondheim or don’t like zany, 60s comedy plots that make no sense. Maybe sit this one out.

Critic Reviews (7)

The London Evening Standard
April 6th, 2022

...there are equally good reasons why this show is rarely revived. Rankcom’s production will please bereaved Sondheim completists. Anyone more discerning should give it a body-swerve.
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The Arts Desk
April 8th, 2022

What this trailblazing talent [Stephen Sondheim] never short of an opinion might make of Georgie Rankcom's production is anyone's guess, though I suspect he would admire a sizeably non-binary set of artists gathered on a show about otherness and non-conformity.
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London Theatre
April 6th, 2022

A whimsical political satire written with Arthur Laurents, it is, well, pretty loony...ironically, the show is so strenuously unconventional that all meaning is lost. A fun attempt, but this is one for the Sondheim completists.
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WhatsOnStage
April 6th, 2022

Ultimately, Sondheim and Laurents's bizarre confection isn't in whistling distance of being a great musical, but it is undeniably a notorious part of Broadway history, and one that all musical theatre completists will want to encounter.
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The Stage (UK)
April 6th, 2022

Sondheim described his show as a “cartoon”, which seems a fitting description for Rankcom’s fantastically silly retelling...In a production that celebrates all that are considered ‘other’ in society, it is fitting that the abundantly talented, diverse cast carry this largely muddled story.
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The Guardian (UK)
April 6th, 2022

Somehow accomplishing 'Simple' and other busy songs on a thin strip of stage, Georgie Rankcom’s production brilliantly gives the show new contexts.
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The Times (UK)
April 6th, 2022

The rarity factor is practically off the scale when it comes to this cartoonishly bright, buoyant revival of Stephen Sondheim’s early cult flop. It has been staged with emphatic flair by Georgie Rankcom...
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