Patriots (London)
Ends Aug 20
Patriots (London)

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(4 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Starts well, but the ending disappoints, Relevant

About the Show

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

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261 Reviews | 46 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.

7 Reviews | 1 Follower
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

32 Reviews | 1 Follower
During previews
Starts well, but the ending disappoints

See it if The 3 main actors are all very good. The actor who plays Putin is wonderful. Tom Hollander is fine and clear.

Don't see it if It’s more of a history lesson than a dramatic play — as the tension between the characters really is not built up and the ending disappoints Read more

28 Reviews | 1 Follower
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like shows about history, Russia, politics, socioeconomics, or you're a fan of Tom Hollander.

Don't see it if you like light and fluffy shows and/or find historical recountings of events dry and unenjoyable. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

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 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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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 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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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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