God of Carnage (Lyric Hammersmith)
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God of Carnage (Lyric Hammersmith)

God of Carnage (Lyric Hammersmith) London Reviews and Tickets

(25 Ratings)
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Dated, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Funny

About the Show

Yasmina Reza's Olivier & Tony Award-winning play about parents discussing a fight between their sons.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (21)

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86 Reviews | 16 Followers
Great acting, The story isn't developing

See it if You like Yazmina Reza's work

Don't see it if If you want a story that after a good start nothing important happens

171 Reviews | 6 Followers
Light/dark moments, Fractious, Great cast, Circular reasoning, Comedy drama

See it if you enjoy revivals. Taking the restorative justice route then attempts to beat it into submission with a verbal fight. Cuttingly amusing.

Don't see it if Circular reasoning isn’t your preferred choice of viewing.

135 Reviews | 11 Followers
Obstructive staging, Ill paced, Slow, Dated

See it if you want to see this Yasmina Reza play and do not mind how it is staged

Don't see it if you expect to be able to see the actors. The rotating stage has many tall objects which frequently obstruct them. The pace is too slow. Read more

45 Reviews | 2 Followers
Cutting, savage, funny, dark, painful

See it if You like acerbic wit, close to the bone. It's an amusing mirror to middle class pretensions.

Don't see it if You don't like mirrors!

26 Reviews | 1 Follower
Dark comedy, Vicious, Acutely observed, Entertaining

See it if Like dark observational comedies about the middle classes. Cleverly staged and a couple of good performances particularly by Freema Agyeman

Don't see it if If you don't like characters ripping others to shreds! Need to be empathetic towards them - it is impossible to feel any sympathy.

42 Reviews | 3 Followers
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you are in the neighbourhood and somebody offers you free tickets - otherwise you may find this show a waste of time and money.

Don't see it if vomit and foul language aren't enough to make you laugh or if you are not prepared to sit through cringe-worthy, over the top acting.

12 Reviews | 0 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like deep, thought-provoking plays. This is a show that pokes at our modern ideas of civility and throws back the curtain.

Don't see it if you'd like to watch something which is more surface level in it's message.

17 Reviews | 0 Followers
Dated, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing

See it if You like good dialogue and great performances

Don't see it if You want a more up to date play

Critic Reviews (14)

Time Out London
September 8th, 2023

" ‘God of Carnage’ has had its day as a global phenomenon. But it’s still worth a revival, and it’s hard to imagine that Reza’s nihilistic but – let’s be honest – bang-on observations on human selfishness will ever lose their relevance."
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The Guardian (UK)
September 8th, 2023

“There is a certain deliciousness in seeing these characters unravel as they hit the gin and shoot their pseudo-polite salvoes. The play’s punches do not land as hard as they might, although there is a clear sense that these self-centred characters have all but lost sight of little Ferdinand and Bruno.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 7th, 2023

“A surprisingly strained night, then, which confirms there’s no easy path to box-office salvation: no matter how tried and tested the fare, there’s no such thing as a safe-bet.”
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September 8th, 2023

“The comedy is both flattened and over-signalled. The desire to shock – including one word used savagely and out of the blue – has no justification in anything that has been built before. The most interesting thing on stage is the way that Richard Howell’s string of lights fall gently to the floor, surrounding Lily Arnold’s revolving stage, turning it into an arena. But within that circle of human conflict, both play and production fail to reveal anything much.”
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The Stage (UK)
September 7th, 2023

“Director Nicholai La Barrie establishes a heightened, farcical tone, keeping his cast fussing about in attitudes of strutting overconfidence or twitchy anxiety.”
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The Times (UK)
September 7th, 2023

“Everything is too close to the surface to be much fun in Nicholai La Barrie’s production, though. Without a sense of two real relationships at play, all four performers batter the comedy into submission.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
September 6th, 2023

this God of Carnage is somewhat saved by strong direction, and whether it’s supposed to be a comedy or not, it certainly does have some very funny scenes. Yasmina Reza’s themes shine through and despite the issues with the characters we can probably all recognise them, this is ultimately an enjoyable revival with a talented cast.
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The Independent (UK)
September 7th, 2023

“...director Nicholai La Barrie’s approach plays things pretty straight. The biggest choice here is the acting style: it’s big and oh-so-mannered, something that works in the later slapstick scenes but just feels a bit painful in the early moments.”
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