August in England
Closed 1h 30m
August in England
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August in England London Reviews and Tickets

93%
(29 Ratings)
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100%
Mixed
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Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny

About the Show

Lenny Henry writes and stars in this new play detailing the injustices of the Windrush scandal.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (29)

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100 Reviews | 4 Followers
96
Masterful, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a masterful, emotional monologue which exposes the Windrush scandal with honesty, emotion and humour

Don't see it if you are determined to have no empathy for human beings Read more

106 Reviews | 12 Followers
95
Intense, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a one person show that has amazing writing and acting

Don't see it if You don't want to be triggered by some of the themes, it does get upsetting

33 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Hopeful, Touching, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like the multi-talented, national institution that is Lenny Henry. Shines a light on a scandal impacting the Windrush generation

Don't see it if You don't like truth

Frx
45 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Emotional, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if It comes back! You want a funny show with emotional moments written and like a one-person show

Don't see it if You don't like stories about Windrush, don't like small shows, get thrown by people switching accents Read more

36 Reviews | 9 Followers
90
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to understand more about the Windrush scandal. If you like intimate venues. A great piece of new writing

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Entertaining, Must see, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see absorbing real edgy theatre Lenny Henry is brilliant

Don't see it if You are not curious about Black British identity

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
98
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You don't know about the Windrush and want to find out what really happened to the people.

Don't see it if You're claustrophobic - Bush Theatre is quite small

12 Reviews | 1 Follower
86
Witty, Moving, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in these issues and people in general

Don't see it if You’re a supporter of Theresa May

Critic Reviews (12)

BroadwayWorld
May 5th, 2023

"August is affable, energetic, witty and also fallible. In other words, he is human and this is what is at the heart of this production; giving a face and a voice to this very real and current tragedy of our times."
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The London Evening Standard
May 5th, 2023

“This isn’t a ground-breaking play and sometimes the comic patter threatens to overwhelm the story. But it’s passionate, well-crafted, and directed with economy and pace...in a production that showcases Henry’s innate rapport with an audience.”
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The Times (UK)
May 5th, 2023

“Henry being Henry, the piece starts by softening us up with a genial barrage of jokes, music and one-liners...Henry could afford to cut the running time by ten minutes or so — but his charisma and commitment still sweep you along.”
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The Stage (UK)
May 5th, 2023

“Despite the relatable charm of Henry’s entertaining character sketch, the play is at its most powerfully moving when he takes a step back to foreground these often-ignored voices.”
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Time Out London
May 5th, 2023

" ‘August in England’ is both a seriously impressive writing debut, and a considerable creative statement of intent from a household-name comedian who could have easily packed out a West End barn with an hour of affable reminisces."
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The Arts Desk
May 8th, 2023

"It's the story of a life, and the simplicity of this approach is its greatest weapon."
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All That Dazzles (UK)
May 5th, 2023

"Witty, poignant and heart-breaking, this is an incredible play which is forthcoming and understandable in its outrage."
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The Independent (UK)
May 5th, 2023

“The final 10 minutes feel like a dramatic gear shift, what follows is punchy, powerful and poignant. ‘August in England’ may begin with Henry at his showman best, but to simply write him off as a funny man is a mistake.”
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