"Daddy" A Melodrama (London)
"Daddy" A Melodrama (London)

"Daddy" A Melodrama (London) London Reviews and Tickets

(4 Ratings)
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Great staging, Confusing, Humour, Exquisite, Great cast

Emerging playwright Jeremy O. Harris' drama about an artist and an art collector makes its UK debut.

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139 Reviews | 4 Followers
Great cast, Interesting, Humour, Indulgent

See it if you like indulgence More than art occupies the minds of art patron & younger artist. Issues discussed /debated. There's a lot to take in.

Don't see it if you don’t like nudity.

120 Reviews | 12 Followers
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like a panto or absurdity on steroids.

Don't see it if you expect an engaging and thought-provoking play. Read more

38 Reviews | 3 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever

See it if you enjoy queer stories on stage with deep layers and exploring intense relationship dynamics. Also if you like incredible scenery.

Don't see it if if you don't like queer stories about sexual dynamics

18 Reviews | 1 Follower
Great staging, Ambitious

See it if If you want to see something new and original. The stage was superb

Don't see it if nudity

Critic Reviews (8)

The London Evening Standard
April 7th, 2022

Director Danya Taymor takes us on a gleeful killing spree of sacred cows and sensitivities, until the end when Harris veers into indulgence...Nonetheless this is a thrilling, jolting experience, boldly conceived and staged, adorned by fine performances.
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Time Out London
April 7th, 2022

Still, a bit of heavy-handedness in a debut play can be forgiven when there’s so much invention elsewhere – ‘“Daddy”’ may not be perfect, but it is remarkable.
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The Guardian (UK)
April 7th, 2022

But for all the theatrics, there is enough sophistication in the writing and in Danya Taymor’s direction for these elements to work to thrilling effect...Daddy never ceases to be interesting. And if there was ever a play wholly worth watching for its perfectly formed first half, this is it.
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 7th, 2022

...the piece cuts fairly quick to the pain of paternal absence – and gnawing self-doubt – that afflicts our hero, showing how his artistry is rooted in trauma that can’t be assuaged...My heart never quite belonged to it, but the performances are genuinely sparkling.
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The Times (UK)
April 7th, 2022

Along with the full-frontal male nudity, there’s a lot of kissing, caressing and even some spanking, too. What this Jeremy O Harris play conspicuously lacks, however, is a worthwhile storyline.
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The Independent (UK)
April 7th, 2022

The mix of comedy and discomfort will likely polarise audiences, but there’s no danger of you forgetting Daddy.
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The Stage (UK)
April 7th, 2022

“Daddy” – A Melodrama very much has the chaotic energy of a young hustler trying very hard (too hard) to figure things out. His later work, Slave Play, which premiered on Broadway in 2018, is a more sophisticated piece.
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The Arts Desk
April 11th, 2022

Like the art that hangs on Andre’s walls, it’s a matter of taste. Whatever Harris’s subtitle may proclaim, I came away with a sense that less might have been more.
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