Bartholomew Fair London Reviews and Tickets

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A reimagining of Ben Jonson’s Jacobean comedy set during an infamous fair in London.

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Critic Reviews (8)

Time Out London
August 30th, 2019

For all its undoubted spirit, the production feels a bit contained, and never really has the feel of an actual fair...Maybe not all the fun of the fair, but most of it.'
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The Telegraph (UK)
August 30th, 2019

How did a bawdy riot end up so antiseptically dull?'
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The London Evening Standard
August 30th, 2019

Jonson’s rackety slice of 1614 London life is here given a raucous, coarsely amusing update by Blanche McIntyre...her staging stays mostly on the right side of panto, with moments of fine comedy and one chilling interlude.'
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The Guardian (UK)
August 30th, 2019

Blanche McIntyre’s hectic production attempts to convey the riotous vice of Ben Jonson’s Jacobean London fair, but falters in translation to modernity.'
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The Times (UK)
September 2nd, 2019

Blanche McIntyre’s modern dress production throws in endless ideas; an excellent cast give it their all...yet all that energy doesn’t come close to making sense of a densely written comedy with...a convoluted storyline.'
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The Stage (UK)
August 30th, 2019

This feels like a production constructed by someone who knows the play intimately...although it’s always enjoyable and has an agreeable momentum, it can feel confusing at times...'
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What's On Stage (UK)
August 30th, 2019

It definitely hasn't aged as well as some of the best Jacobean plays out there, but what is nice to report is that director Blanche McIntyre has a very solid stab at bringing it into the modern-day...'
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The Arts Desk
August 30th, 2019

The pace quickens in the second half after a first act that rather drags despite the play's chaotic nature. Overall it doesn’t quite fulfil its promise.'
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