On The Ropes

On The Ropes London Reviews and Tickets

(4 Ratings)
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Minimal staging, Confusing, Very compelling second act, Charismatic cast, Important

About the Show

The world premiere of this musical drama about an infamous boxer's experience of the Windrush scandal.

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161 Reviews | 28 Followers
Relevant, Confusing

See it if you want a stark reminder of the human cost of political decision making, performed by a small, hard working and talented cast.

Don't see it if you want a show that paces itself well and with music that feels more than incongruous. Read more

45 Reviews | 1 Follower
Mediocre, Minimal staging, Charismatic cast, Very compelling second act, Contrasting halves

See it if If you have an interest in British boxing, or learning about the Windrush Scandal impact on real lives with some good tunes

Don't see it if You can't stand a slow first act, true life stories, or prefer big budget shows. This was a 3-person cast, with a tiny stage Read more

7 Reviews | 0 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy less known stories

Don't see it if You don’t like boxing

139 Reviews | 4 Followers
During previews
Music/dance/verse, Emotional, Windrush, Powerhouse performances!, Important

See it if you want to see a relevant play - portrays a horrific event, reveals a great deal of history, bursts with passion & truths.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this.

Critic Reviews (9)

January 12th, 2023

"There's too much going on in On the Ropes, both in terms of the story and how its told...people are listening to him... and what a story he has to tell."
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The London Evening Standard
January 11th, 2023

"This remains a story worth telling and hearing, but as a piece of theatre it’s no knockout."
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The Guardian (UK)
January 12th, 2023

"This is an important story to see on stage but one that might have been better enacted in shorter, punchier rounds."
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The Times (UK)
January 11th, 2023

"It’s just a pity that, for all the efforts of the high-energy trio, the script isn’t so light on its feet."
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Time Out London
January 11th, 2023

"This might be Vanriel’s personal narrative, but we are all too aware that there are thousands of others like it. These are stories that need telling and ‘On the Ropes’ is just the first round."
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The Telegraph (UK)
January 12th, 2023

"The production is peppered with reggae songs, performed beautifully by all three actors, but they drag the play down...Vanriel’s story remains a stirring one of systemic injustice, but often in spite of this show than because of it."
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The Stage (UK)
January 11th, 2023

"This play is a reminder of the human cost of such callous and inhumane decisions, and of this stain on the nation."
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January 11th, 2023

"The play's major stumbling block is its pacing and length. Like a prize fighter it should be nimble on its feet, but too often feels sluggish and in need of further work in the gym."
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