Dancing at Lughnasa
Closed 2h 25m
Dancing at Lughnasa
77

Dancing at Lughnasa London Reviews and Tickets

77%
(18 Ratings)
Positive
78%
Mixed
17%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Slow, Entertaining

About the Show

Josie Rourke directs a revival of this Olivier Award-winning play about a family on the brink of poverty.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (18)

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570 Reviews | 87 Followers
98
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like a good tale.This might hit too close to home, but it does make you think.Families are hard, but are worth it!Very well acted.

Don't see it if you only want light entertainment.This show will stay with you and make you think.Acting, set and directing are excellent.Terrific script.

120 Reviews | 12 Followers
97
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like a proprer drama with a good story that you'll be thinking about long after you leave the theatre.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy, like a mindless comedy or a musical. Read more

58 Reviews | 5 Followers
94
Epic, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the BEST OF IRISH THEATRE!!!!!

Don't see it if you can't understand the Donegal accent!

161 Reviews | 28 Followers
85
Slow, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a classic National Theatre production: beautifully staged, thoughtfully acted, funny in places, touching in others.

Don't see it if you’re don’t like slow burning plays- a lot happens in this show and a lot changes, but it doesn’t always feel like it.

176 Reviews | 12 Followers
73
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Dated

See it if A big epic staging with some great performances

Don't see it if Quite a dated play and takes a long while to build

60 Reviews | 0 Followers
71
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy gorgeously acted memory plays and lush sets

Don't see it if you loathe long, empty scenes

61 Reviews | 2 Followers
71
Slow paced, Too long, Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Touching drama of women’s lives in mid twentieth century rural Ireland. Some touching performances.

Don't see it if Long slow claustrophobic domestic drama with little happening on stage and a lot of talk Read more

184 Reviews | 31 Followers
70
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like old fashioned history of family shows

Don't see it if you wanna see something worthwhile

Critic Reviews (11)

The London Evening Standard
April 19th, 2023

"Even if you missed all the subtext, this show would still delight in its acute depiction of family dynamics...This play won Friel the Evening Standard Award for best play in 1991, and it still looks richly deserved."
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Time Out London
April 19th, 2023

"The crux of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ is that it’s a sort of happy tragedy...It’s not bliss, but it is community, safety, sisterhood warmth, and dancing. A beautiful production of a beautiful play."
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The Guardian (UK)
April 19th, 2023

"Movement lies at the emotional heart of this play and it is orchestrated with such delicate mastery by Wayne McGregor that the stomping scene, featuring the sisters dancing with wild abandon is a shared hedonistic escape, rebellious ritual and act of worship in one."
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 19th, 2023

"The scale of the Olivier – transformed into a bucolic paradise that seems to stretch as far as Tipperary – can work against the work’s subtlety and nuance, audibility an occasional issue."
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The Times (UK)
April 19th, 2023

"The poetry seldom takes flight. Mark Henderson’s subtle lighting lends depth, though, to a production that gives the past a shimmering golden halo."
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WhatsOnStage
April 19th, 2023

"The judgement of each performance makes this portrait of a family deeply affecting, but every aspect of the production honours a play that feels as fresh as the day it was written."
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The Arts Desk
April 24th, 2023

“This production may throw different aspects of the play into bold relief...but the play's sense of ectasy dampened down by circumstance, and worse, allows its putative intimacy to fill the reaches of the Olivier”
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London Theatre
April 19th, 2023

" As enchanting as this setting is, it’s also ruled by pitiless patriarchal Catholicism. "
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