Just For One Day
Closed 2h 15m
Just For One Day
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Just For One Day London Reviews and Tickets

94%
(628 Ratings)
Positive
96%
Mixed
1%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Great singing, Delightful

About the Show

A new British musical based on the story of the iconic 1985 fundraising concert Live Aid.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (119)

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98 Reviews | 3 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Nostalgia

See it if You are interested in Live Aid or was around during that time. If you like he music that played at Live Aid.

Don't see it if You don’t know what Live Aid is or why it was on, it relies on you remembering the images on the famine. Don’t like pop/rock music musicals.

Also I thought this would be another tribute show or would go into the realms or white saviour and it comes close but doesn’t. The cast don’t play the famous musicians they just represent the song, works well. Cast are amazing. It’s not what I was expecting, it’s a hell of a lot better. It reminds us that we are living through similar news stories now and should be doing more. There’s a lot of talk about it being safe and them not showing the images from the day. I personally think it is safe, it is unapologetic in its nostalgia but does preach about why the day was so important. Also showing images of people last moments 40 years on for a musical about music just to remind people is disrespectful in my opinion, they made the right decision. People remember the images and if you don’t this musical might not be for you.

135 Reviews | 11 Followers
88
Clever, Nostalgic, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to enjoy the music of Live Aid and relive those times. The show makes an effort to reflect through a modern lens.

Don't see it if you don't like rock musicals or are not interested in Band Aid / Live Aid / the 80s.

Also The rap battle between Mrs T (Thatcher) and Mr G (Geldof) is a triumph. More thoughts here: https://redbuslondinium.uk/2024/03/10/just-for-one-day-old-vic/

70 Reviews | 8 Followers
85
Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

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108 Reviews | 6 Followers
84
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want a big musical with a well known true story

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the story behind Live Aid

Nic
621 Reviews | 109 Followers
82
Cliched, Needs work, Indulgent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you’d enjoy seeing something enjoyable that has the makings of an even better show with some tinkering.

Don't see it if you would be bothered by watching something that feels unfinished.

Also The narrative isn’t particularly creative, and comes across as a mere vehicle to get us from one hit song to the next. Some of the pairings of song and performer work well, while others don’t. Example: Olly Dobson kicks off We Will Rock You with an incredible vocal, but later on in the show, the (different) lead vocalist on Bohemian Rhapsody gives a lesser vocal. Therefore where momentum should build, it ends up being kneecapped, as we all know Bohemian Rhapsody should have the best vocal, not just a good one. Things like that kept this from building up to an explosive climax as it should have.

334 Reviews | 21 Followers
80
Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want great music and performances and a fun way to recount the Live Aid story.

Don't see it if You want an elaborate staging, this is fairly basic in terms of set

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
77
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to see a great concert and are a fan of 80s music and want to learn about the behind the scenes of the Live Aid concert.

Don't see it if you want to see a memorable script.

171 Reviews | 6 Followers
75
Audience pleaser, Great actors/musicians, Unity, Righteous, Reflective

See it if you enjoy 80s music, great vocals/musicians. Cleverly narrates the timeline of a spectacular occasion.

Don't see it if rock musicals aren’t your choice of genre.

Critic Reviews (10)

Time Out London
February 16th, 2024

"‘Just for One Day’ is ultimately a fantasy about the woke youth of today"
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The Guardian (UK)
February 14th, 2024

"The focus is firmly on feels and feel-good tunes. The tone is ecstatic."
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 14th, 2024

"As with the day itself, cynicism melts into admiration."
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The Times (UK)
February 14th, 2024

"Yes, it’s a jukebox show at heart"
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London Theatre
February 14th, 2024

"Brilliantly performed by a top-notch cast"
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The Stage (UK)
February 14th, 2024

“Feel-good celebration of the power of music”
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The Independent (UK)
February 14th, 2024

"pure, simple nostalgia, potent as the blend of self-righteousness and backstage cocaine"
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The Arts Desk
February 15th, 2024

"From the opening chord, it’s established that this is gig theatre, music at full volume"
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