Patriots (Almeida Theatre)
Patriots (Almeida Theatre)

Patriots (Almeida Theatre) London Reviews and Tickets

(10 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

About the Show

Tom Hollander stars in Peter Morgan's new play set during the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (10)

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157 Reviews | 20 Followers
Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like infotainment at its best. It's pretty much modern Russian history around politics and oligarchs

Don't see it if You are looking for something lighter

519 Reviews | 132 Followers
Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like well-written current historical/political plays that make you think and look back at recent world events with fresh new perspective

Don't see it if you don't like long plays, subject matter (the story of Russian oligarchs) does not sound appealing or looking for lighter theater fare.

241 Reviews | 13 Followers
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want a political play which has great acting. I wasn't overly familiar with the politics of the time but left feeling more knowledgable

Don't see it if You don't like long political dramas.

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
Brilliant, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Great story/amazing performances/engaging/interesting/brilliant set

Don't see it if If you don’t like political plays.

38 Reviews | 3 Followers
Quirky, Dizzying, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to explore Putin's origins and the fascinating period of history post-communism leading to Putin's rise to power

Don't see it if you don't like dialogue being use to tell the history and points of narrative, the dialogue at times was a bit unnatural and sped up

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if for tour de force performances and a fascinating insight into how Putin achieved his grip on Russia

Don't see it if politics isn't your thing Read more

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
Funny, Slow, Overrated, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like the sort of political plays James Graham writes (This House etc)

Don't see it if It's a serious, dark play that feels bogged down in unnecessary embellishments and extraneous detail.

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Clever

See it if An engaging and informative play. Great acting - Tom Hollander is brilliant as is Will Keen who played Putin. Cleverly put together

Don't see it if You just like musicals. This is great acting and script

Critic Reviews (11)

The London Evening Standard
July 13th, 2022

"Goold’s direction is economical and unremittingly pacy, but assigns random regional accents to characters willy-nilly. The shoehorning of facts into dialogue, and the deployment of Berezovsky’s mathematical interest in infinity and the science of decision-making are a bit obvious. But overall this is a cracking, exciting piece of theatre that’s become, sadly, very timely."
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Time Out London
July 13th, 2022

"It’s an interesting, informative play, with three great performances in Hollander’s brilliant, quicksilver Berezovsky, Keen’s hypnotically plausible, hangdog Putin, and Luke Thallon’s Abramovitch, essentially a nice enough guy who realises he needs the patronage of the others to succeed and sucks it up humbly, becoming stupendously rich in the process."
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The Guardian (UK)
July 13th, 2022

"Morgan’s play certainly draws our minds to how Russian’s 1% ended up here, playing out their power battles in UK courtrooms as was in the case with Berezovksy and Abramovich, and as fascinating as this post-perestroika era may be, it begs for a far fuller look at the London connection."
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The Times (UK)
July 13th, 2022

"The director, Rupert Goold, manages to impose some sort of shape in the first half... By the second half, however, Hollander can’t lift a script that limps from one crisis to another as the shadows close in. "
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London Theatre
July 13th, 2022

"Morgan has inarguably produced a work that speaks to the moment – not just in terms of the war in Ukraine, but our own political squabbles."
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The Stage (UK)
July 13th, 2022

"Morgan tells the story with methodical, cerebral coldness. While there’s a dose of suitably dry humour in the smart script, its slow pace and short, episodic scenes rarely generate enough conflict to really captivate."
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July 13th, 2022

"It's highly watchable, and moves at a lick; Morgan writes with admirable precision. And it's good to get an insight into the machinations of the Russian state at a time when they're threatening to destabilise the world."
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The Telegraph (UK)
July 12th, 2022

"The West End, and indeed Broadway, should surely ready themselves for a benign Russian invasion as Peter Morgan's drama hits the Almeida."
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