Jitney (London)
Closed 2h 45m
Jitney (London)
85

Jitney (London) London Reviews and Tickets

85%
(12 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
8%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Profound

About the Show

A revival of August Wilson's first play about cab drivers working to survive in 70s Pittsburgh. 

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Member Reviews (12)

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343 Reviews | 69 Followers
84
Resonant, Riveting

See it if you love a good old fashioned drama and the playwright.

Don't see it if can't sit still for 2.5. Read more

52 Reviews | 1 Follower
77
Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want a hard-hitting and visceral play that’s excellently acted and sadly feels every bit as relevant today as when it was written.

Don't see it if you like a short and sweet play; this is at times a hard watch and clocking in at nearly 3 hours it might prove too much for some.

32 Reviews | 1 Follower
84
Dramatic

See it if It’s smartly done — very good performances all around. These British actors all do a great job with their American 70’s Black vernacular.

Don't see it if It’s a bit plodding in both the writing and the plot — at over 2 and a half hours. And those wigs that the male actors wear - ugly as sin. Read more

18 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are into a great writing with each character well developed and a relatable story for every generation and every race

Don't see it if you do not like August Wilson's play or African American story

7 Reviews | 0 Followers
91
Must see, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if A play In Wilson’s ten play Chicago cycle. Great ensemble piece, of its time but credibly acted and utterly engrossing.

Don't see it if Ethic themes do not interest you.

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You like Wilson's later plays. Jitney has lots of interesting things to say about class, race and gentrification. Characters to care about.

Don't see it if You are expecting a feminist play

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Slow, Confusing, Dramatic, Profound, Great acting

See it if You enjoy stories set in the 70s and featuring all black casts. Most characters are lovable! Amazing movement sequences, design is great!

Don't see it if the ‘n’ word is triggers you or you’re bored w/ monologues. The African-American English accents could be difficult to understand at times.

3 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Intense, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if It was extremely powerful, masterfully staged with wonderful acting. The narrative was both poignant and funny. A brilliant production.

Don't see it if You are blinkered and intolerant

Critic Reviews (9)

The London Evening Standard
June 16th, 2022

The performances here are superb. This is a stunning, richly textured piece of work, both particular and universal. Craig’s production fills in another piece of the pie. Let’s have more, please.
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WhatsOnStage
June 16th, 2022

Every performance is outstanding in Tinuke Craig's sensitive and lively production right down to the smaller characters. Every detail of stage and scene ... is lovingly right. It's a fine production of a fascinating play.
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London Theatre
June 16th, 2022

At times, you can feel the play’s mechanics grinding a tad obviously ... [but] the cast to a man delivers. Jitney is very much worth the ride.
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The Times (UK)
June 16th, 2022

It’s unsentimental but compassionate. And outstandingly well acted. It’s fractious, funny, lively enough that our suspension of disbelief can handle the cast breaking into a dance to a Bill Withers song. The evening takes on an arresting intimacy.
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 16th, 2022

[The] cast is impeccable. It’s terrific ... to see a work of this calibre brought into London after originating in a regional theatre
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The Guardian (UK)
June 17th, 2022

A stylish rework of the August Wilson character-study sees a standout performance from Wil Johnson. Craig’s direction provides the whole show with a laid-back ease.
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Time Out London
June 17th, 2022

This is a talent-packed cast that would do [Wilson] proud. Wondrous and captivating, Craig’s production gets this play’s soul.
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The Arts Desk
June 18th, 2022

Wilson moves ... this casual, slice-of-life drama-comedy ... with ... lovely banter-infused dialogue.
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