Hope has a Happy Meal
Hope has a Happy Meal

Hope has a Happy Meal London Reviews and Tickets

(2 Ratings)
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Quirky, Absorbing, Edgy, Overrated, Intense

About the Show

A new play by Tom Fowler about a quest through a hyper-capitalist country.

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179 Reviews | 20 Followers
Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like engaging plays with great acting, sharp dialogues and transitions

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the same person playing multiple characters or open endings

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
Quirky, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if The first half of the play is quite good, the satire's a bit blunt but the cast are strong, and it plays around with some nice ideas.

Don't see it if Unfortunately the second half is far less funny and a dull take on two estranged sisters that ignores the more likeable characters.

Critic Reviews (8)

June 12th, 2023

"The serious satirical swipe at consumer culture gets sadly lost along the way, but there is plenty of humanity here to make up for it."
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The Stage (UK)
June 12th, 2023

“Small, significant gestures add poignant realism to even the show’s strangest, silliest moments...In an authoritarian state where profit is valued above human dignity, Fowler suggests, ordinary citizens must rely on one another for support, finding community in these small acts of kindness or defiance.”
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The Arts Desk
June 12th, 2023

"The overall effect is an exciting contribution to contemporary playwriting – it’s art that seems to make your mind go woo-woo."
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Time Out London
June 12th, 2023

“Inventive new play ‘Hope has a Happy Meal’ at the Royal Court starts out strong...It's an opening that works by holding its nerve, building up the humour by leaving us not knowing where it’s going. The rest of the play struggles to match its effortless freewheeling wit.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
June 10th, 2023

I would strongly recommend you buy a ticket and experience it for yourself. At the very least you will have a brilliant couple of hours of theatrical entertainment with clowns, knives, guns, beautifully raw emotional dialogue, great performances, and some exquisite nightclub dancing.”
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The Guardian (UK)
June 11th, 2023

“This is still a witty endeavour, sharply directed and joyously performed.”
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June 11th, 2023

“Despite the details of the post-democratic corporate country being too light, it’s still pleasing. It’s just that such an environment needs to have a greater impact on the life decisions made by the characters...the show is still a theatrical spectacle...And it is impossible not to be gunning for Hope – we hope that she finds what she is looking for – which is of course – herself.”
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Lost in Theatreland (UK)
June 12th, 2023

Perhaps my favourite aspect of Hope has a Happy Meal is the satisfying, open-ended scene. You never know if Hope reunites with her son; the last thing the audience sees is her waiting with a happy meal, hoping. Whether it’s to analyse brilliant writing, watch some stellar actors do their thing, or hear a very extravagant yet ultimately hilarious joke, I’d highly recommend you taking a trip to the Royal Court Theatre.
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