Bach & Sons
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Bach & Sons London Reviews and Tickets

81%
(4 Reviews)
Positive
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Mixed
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Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Edgy, Creative

A new comedy looking at family life, eccentricity and the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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89 Reviews | 42 Followers
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Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you applaud inventive directing and brilliant acting. Fascinating play that explores the complex Johann Sebastian Bach and his relationships

Don't see it if you're not very cultured and have no affection for the complex mind of a genius.

84 Reviews | 3 Followers
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Creative, Slow

See it if you like a good story about a real person, but don't mind it being slightly fictitionalised and not 100% true (or you like Bach).

Don't see it if you like fast-paced plays or you're a stickler for absolute accuracy in a biopic. Read more

24 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Thought-provoking, Slow, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy classical music and want to see a dramatic retelling of Bach's life.

Don't see it if You don't like slow pacing.

17 Reviews | 3 Followers
78
Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like great acting, and you’re interested in Bach.

Don't see it if If you’re not into slow plays (or Bach)

Critic Reviews (9)

Time Out London
June 29th, 2021

But ‘Bach & Sons’ is entertaining stuff, made with care, and if the drama is on the cosy side, it’s worth saying the music always thrills, melodic razors of harpsichord, slashing thrilling patterns through the air.
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The Telegraph (UK)
July 20th, 2021

A bold play of ideas, then, but also an invitation to tears; after the indescribable year we’ve had, it’s a stirring and unmissable occasion.
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The London Evening Standard
June 30th, 2021

But ultimately this play revolves - wittily, cleverly, but repetitively - around the themes of flawed genius and the poisonous legacies of fame and family.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 30th, 2021

Bach’s musical theories are delivered in stagnant conversation...It is maddening to see all the signs of a powerful play folded inside a frustratingly flat one.
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The Independent (UK)
June 30th, 2021

Nina Raine’s new play Bach & Sons (premiered now in a production by Nicholas Hytner that moves with a terrific musicality) is typically sly, in the know and phenomenally eloquent.
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The Arts Desk
June 30th, 2021

You are left with the feeling that while it is immensely difficult to dramatise genius, this is a deeply intelligent and humane investigation of what drove and defined the man who has left us such a profound cultural legacy.
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WhatsOnStage
June 30th, 2021

Rather than aggressive and frantic, Raine's text is pensive, inquisitive at times...But for the most part the piece feels encumbered by historical exposition when director Nick Hytner could make it lithe and punchy...
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The Guardian (UK)
July 4th, 2021

Bach’s musical theories are delivered in stagnant conversation...It is maddening to see all the signs of a powerful play folded inside a frustratingly flat one.
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