Berlusconi: A New Musical
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Berlusconi: A New Musical London Reviews and Tickets

57%
(7 Reviews)
Positive
29%
Mixed
28%
Negative
43%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky, Banal

About the Show

A new irreverent musical about the billionaire & former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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Member Reviews (7)

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126 Reviews | 13 Followers
80
Interesting, Quirky, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love musicals and want to find out more about this character, with similarities to other recent global politicians. Good cast

Don't see it if You’re not into musicals. Much better than other reviews suggest.

73 Reviews | 2 Followers
65
Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you want to see what "Evita on acid" means on stage - this definitely feels feverish and trippy, like you're present in someone else's dream

Don't see it if you want a serious musical that teaches you about Berlusconi or you object to swearing - there is a lot

105 Reviews | 7 Followers
49
Excruciating, Slow, Fluffy, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You don't know about Berlusconi and need a crash course via musical wholly sung

Don't see it if You hate chaotic shows where characters are all around. Even the content they show on different screens vary and it was a struggle to follow

159 Reviews | 25 Followers
32
Confusing, Banal

See it if you want a frivolous show, that is less satire than inane, driven by a confusing narrative.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a witty satire that digs deep for its gags, rather than playing to the lowest denominators possible. Read more

24 Reviews | 0 Followers
60
Funny, Banal, Raunchy, Insipid, Cliched

See it if You're interested in unusual takes in Italian politics

Don't see it if You're not ok with less-than-well-thought musical numbers

36 Reviews | 1 Follower
30
Confusing

See it if Probably, don’t.

Don't see it if It doesn’t add anything, it doesn’t lead to anything. And it’s just a bit too long. 🥲

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
95
Great staging, Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a fast paced, original musical charting the life of an Italian despot then this is for you! SO funny, great music & staging

Don't see it if You think Berlusconi was an honest politician and Putin was really his friend !!

Critic Reviews (11)

The London Evening Standard
March 30th, 2023

“The show has a lively vulgarity, a few good numbers and a democratic(-ish) heart...But it’s also fatuous, repetitive and has the worst set I’ve seen in years”
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The Guardian (UK)
March 31st, 2023

“We never feel the sting of the satire, or come to know these characters. At over two hours long, it’s a shame such an inspired idea ends up feeling so banal and interminable.”
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The Times (UK)
March 30th, 2023

"If they retool the script — or perhaps bring in another writer — they could have a hit on their hands."
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The Telegraph (UK)
March 30th, 2023

"Though more bonkers than bellissimo, like its indomitable subject, this audacious musical has staying power."
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WhatsOnStage
March 30th, 2023

“All in all, this needs a considerable amount of work to become as accomplished as several of the shows it’s so strongly reminiscent of, but it is still refreshing to encounter a bold new musical with brains, brawn, unashamed theatricality and packed with good tunes.”
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Time Out London
March 30th, 2023

“The show has no idea where it’s trying to take us. There’s no plot, no character development, nothing driving the show forwards. It’s just song after song after song, each of which outstays its welcome.”
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The Stage (UK)
March 30th, 2023

“The cast embraces the turgid plot and paper-thin characterisations with conviction.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
March 30th, 2023

“The biggest problem in ‘Berlusconi’ is the story itself. It seemingly has no idea what it is or what it is trying to say. This results in a show which is tonally inconsistent and all over the place – its only consistency is in how confused it always is.”
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