Beautiful Thing
88

Beautiful Thing London Reviews and Tickets

88%
(15 Ratings)
Positive
100%
Mixed
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Members say
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Enchanting

About the Show

Jonathan Harvey's play about two teenage boys falling in love with one another.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (14)

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184 Reviews | 30 Followers
100
Funny, Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you love a beautiful reinvention and retake on a classic this colour blind casting just brings this to another level of beauty and romance

Don't see it if your a homophobe

106 Reviews | 12 Followers
84
Romantic, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to see a classic piece of LGBTQ+ theatre

Don't see it if you don't like seeing a play set in one place

88 Reviews | 1 Follower
84
Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like a brilliant, well acted and funny play. A lovely look at first love and a LGBTQ+ story.

Don't see it if If bad language offends or your homophobic.

139 Reviews | 4 Followers
75
Solid acting, Positive messages, Dysfunction, Discovery, Life drama

See it if you enjoy coming of age dramas showcasing complexities of sexuality. Tender, yet, very funny.

Don't see it if the subject isn’t your preference of theatre viewing.

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Refreshing, Must see, Epic, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like the original film and would like to see it interpreted in a new way.

Don't see it if If you don’t like homosexual themes or characters.

48 Reviews | 5 Followers
88
Heart warming, Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if It takes you back to the film that was made many years ago of two young men falling in love. The acting was so very good by all performers

Don't see it if You do not like LGBT stories

35 Reviews | 3 Followers
80
Funny, Resonant, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you want to be swept off your feet by Jonathan Harvey's beautiful play.

Don't see it if you'd rather stay at home.

23 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You liked the film or enjoy coming of age romance stories

Don't see it if You are not a fan of LGBT+ stories

Critic Reviews (9)

BroadwayWorld
September 25th, 2023

“The production is cute, sad, and fluffy in all the right places, but it has a tendency to lean into the comedic side of the text a tad too much for the gravity of certain aspects to hit...The show is generally delightful, but one can’t shake the feeling that there’s so much more to explore...There could be a deeper exploration of class, homophobia, and the horrors of domestic violence that’s unfortunately discarded for the benefit of a laugh.”
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The London Evening Standard
September 25th, 2023

“We’ve got Heartstopper now. We’ve got gender discourse. You’d think the radicalism of ‘Beautiful Thing has’ dimmed. Far from it. Even if it clunks occasionally, Simpson-Pike’s production, without much fuss, renews the play’s claim to gay greatness.”
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The Stage (UK)
September 25th, 2023

“The message of Harvey’s play remains pertinent today. Despite the amusing references to 1990s culture, it doesn’t wallow in nostalgia; instead, it highlights how far the gay community has come in terms of visibility.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
September 25th, 2023

“...this anniversary production of ‘Beautiful Thing’ proves beyond any doubt why the play is regarded as such a modern classic. With stellar performances across the board and a real, lived-in quality to not only the relationships but to the world around them, this play truly is beautiful, and as resonant as it has ever been.”
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The Guardian (UK)
September 25th, 2023

“Soap and panto, big heart and shameless gags: they were already there in ‘Beautiful Thing’. It’s a bumpy mix, but there’s also a stubborn utopian impulse – an insistence that love will find a way, that lives can take the shape they need.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 26th, 2023

"It feels somewhat reductive to say that this is a queer play just because its protagonists happen to be gay when it is, in fact, a very human story that defies you not to leave the theatre wrapped in a warm, nostalgic glow. "
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WhatsOnStage
September 25th, 2023

“The moments of awkward discovery and eventual acceptance are beautifully done but are sadly too brief...I wanted less stereotypes and more exploration of love along with more examination of the themes at play.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
September 25th, 2023

“ ‘Beautiful Thing’ continues to be relevant because is a well-written, heart-warming and timeless love story.  Part of ’Beautiful Thing’s’ on-going success is due to its optimism. It is refreshing to see a queer narrative that has a happy ending.”
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