Modest
81

Modest London Reviews and Tickets

81%
(5 Ratings)
Positive
80%
Mixed
20%
Negative
0%
Members say
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Confusing, Funny

About the Show

Ellen Brammer's story of Elizabeth Thompson - a Victorian artist - performed by drag artists.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (4)

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106 Reviews | 12 Followers
73
Riveting, Refreshing, Quirky, Indulgent, Edgy

See it if You like looking at history with a quirky modern lense

Don't see it if you dont like a play with some songs

32 Reviews | 0 Followers
50
Slow, Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Banal

See it if You’re really Into the cast.

Don't see it if You like proper musical theatre or shows that are easy to follow. Found it hard to get into, confusing at times.

24 Reviews | 5 Followers
During previews
100
Fun, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever

See it if You are an Art lover and love modern narratives and musicals

Don't see it if You are afraid of drag shows

14 Reviews | 0 Followers
During previews
100
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a clever but fun night out challenging gender

Don't see it if You can’t see outside the binary

Critic Reviews (8)

The London Evening Standard
July 5th, 2023

"This show is animated by a delight in putting queer, trans and vaguely feminist themes in front of a receptive audience: but not much more than that."
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The Guardian (UK)
July 5th, 2023

“ ‘Modest’ throws so much in the air that it cannot tackle all that it raises but then again, the fact that it leaves us with unresolved, sometimes contradictory questions around women and power, adds to its nuance. And the show bubbles over with charisma, which wins us over.”
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London Theatre
July 6th, 2023

“There’s no denying that the play knows its audience and that its drag king-inflected playfulness is one way of putting across points of view that, in other hands, might seem merely a staged thesis. The climactic rallying cry prompts a cheer – and reminds us that the work of the revolutionary is never done.”
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The Times (UK)
July 6th, 2023

“This is a play driven by polemic rather than realism or even incident, and at two hours plus interval that’s a testing amount of knowingly overstated satire.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
July 4th, 2023

“Taking inspiration from the Music Hall entertainment that would have been popular at the time, ’Modest,’ with its Drag King cast, succeeds in telling a second, and arguably just as important, story, and does much to promote representation on the stage.  It also happens to be a whole lot of fun.”
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The Arts Desk
July 6th, 2023

"On storytelling, character development and nuance, it is two and a half hours that goes nowhere. On representation, audience appeal and addressing past injustices, well, the reaction in the house to this Middle Child and Milk Presents collaboration will confirm that the job is done."
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Time Out London
July 5th, 2023

“ ‘Modest’ is distinctive in its acknowledgment of sexism across the centuries. And kudos to Fizz Sinclair - her performance is wondrous ecstasy as she lip-syncs and morphs from one character to the next. It might not be faultless - but ‘Modest’ is a quick-witted, bawdy, diamond in the rough.”
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WhatsOnStage
July 6th, 2023

“The show’s real success is in portraying the lives of those she inspired but for whom existing is hard – the Bessies and Franceses. They are the real stars. And in today’s world, the ones still struggling.”
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