Glory Ride London Reviews and Tickets

90%
(209 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
6%
Negative
3%
Members say
Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining, Riveting, Profound

About the Show

Olivier Award-winner Kelly Devine directs this new musical about the life of Italian athlete Gino Bartali.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (209)

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Nic
627 Reviews | 110 Followers
84
Moving, Heartfelt, Great singing, Entertaining, Interesting

See it if you’d like an original musical about WWII that tells a heroic story you may not have heard before.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy musicals set in the past.

108 Reviews | 8 Followers
80
Moving, Inspiring, Relevant, Profound

See it if Powerful, interesting and inspiring story. The pace of the musical is good. Captivating.

Don't see it if Sometimes the weird accents make it hard to understand what actors are saying. You're expecting big musical numbers with ellaborate choreos.

98 Reviews | 8 Followers
79
Inspired, Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if If you want to be inspired with an enjoyable story

Don't see it if If you are want to hear loads of catchy songs

82 Reviews | 6 Followers
79
Epic, Cliched, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an original new musical not to damn it with faint praise this a perfectly lovely show that needs a bit of work to be great

Don't see it if you want something completely polished, good not great, and needs a few rewrites, and probably too many songs and not enough book

182 Reviews | 20 Followers
75
Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like infotainment with this being a musical based on a real story, great singing too

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

533 Reviews | 75 Followers
73
Intelligent, Well-acted, Simply staged, Well-sung, Powerful

See it if to learn about a heroic figure in a production that is well-acted and well-sung. It's an entertaining show about a noble man.

Don't see it if you want an elaborately staged show and/or if you don't like historical dramas. This is pretty simply staged.

60 Reviews | 4 Followers
72
Small band, Good story, Small production, Great singing

See it if You want to see a small production with a interesting story to know.

Don't see it if You want to be really moved by music and great staging

59 Reviews | 3 Followers
67
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You like learning about something new

Don't see it if You don’t like war stories

Critic Reviews (9)

BroadwayWorld
April 29th, 2023

“Whether its sketchy romantic triangle and underwritten support characters will be enough to gather a peloton of punters at the box office remains to be seen...This one certainly deserves its day in front of the race and not just an anonymous position riding along in the gruppeto.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
April 28th, 2023

Glory Ride has so much potential as the story is really compelling, but to really hit home with audiences it would need to spend more time on the daring exploits of Bartali and his co-conspirators, because this is where the real excitement lies.
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WhatsOnStage
May 2nd, 2023

“It is undoubtedly an extraordinary story, but as a musical, ‘Glory Ride’ gets repeatedly bogged down in overwrought emotions, underpowered writing, and peripheral characters.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
April 29th, 2023

“ 'Glory Ride' is definitely worth keeping an eye on though in its current form it isn’t quite where it needs to be yet. The book needs tightening up and the lyrics need a bit of an overhaul to make the whole thing come alive on stage in the way a story like this deserves to.”
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The Stage (UK)
May 2nd, 2023

“The key ingredients of Bartali’s story are passion, heroism and sacrifice. The Buchholzs’ musical struggles to deliver these in any cohesive or convincing manner and Devine’s production is too hackneyed to make it work.”
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The Times (UK)
May 1st, 2023

“It’s a great idea, executed with enough energy to power the most reluctant cyclist up a mountain, yet the upbeat script can feel frustratingly thin and the lyrics are wildly variable.”
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Everything Theatre (UK)
May 1st, 2023

“This is a highly emotional show that made me cry. It has moments of comedy and of heartbreak, but what the talented ensemble of performers do so well is depict ordinary people in 1940s Italy with an extraordinary willingness and desire to fight for what is right.”
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West End Best Friend
April 29th, 2023

“ ‘Glory Ride’ has all of the elements that are needed to make a great musical, it just needs a little bit more fine tuning before it becomes a tour de force.”
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