Rock 'N' Roll
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Rock 'N' Roll London Reviews and Tickets

70%
(10 Ratings)
Positive
60%
Mixed
20%
Negative
20%
Members say
Clever, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the Show

A revival of Tom Stoppard's play exploring the significance of rock 'n' roll in 20th-century socialist countries.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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49 Reviews | 2 Followers
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Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a character and soundtrack-driven plot, if you like a play which really makes you think, if you like a sweeping narrative

Don't see it if you're not interested in Cold War politics, hate vinyl - many records are played and displayed, you're left cold by culture wars

23 Reviews | 0 Followers
75
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Dated

See it if You like Tom Stoppard, or are particularly interested in the cold-war era Europe.

Don't see it if You don't like political discourse or very wordy plays Read more

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
78
Atmospheric, Wry, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Firstly, a a great play-text, wide-ranging in scope. Expect clever writing and effective acting with laughs and moments to think.

Don't see it if Didn’t feel as topical as some historical/political play revivals sometimes do. Traverse stage worked for me personally.

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
65
Intelligent, Slow, Underpowered

See it if You're a fan of Stoppard's sparkling ideas and dialogue. It's all here as ever but just felt stodgier and more timid than it should.

Don't see it if You want to see something groundbreaking. I was surprised by how dated this felt. It doesn't really come alive until the end, way too late.

1 Review | 0 Followers
95
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Extremely well acted

Don't see it if Maybe a bit political or set in a time that some younger audiences might not be familiar with

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
85
Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you are interested in geopolitics and intellectualism and music!

Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical

1 Review | 0 Followers
10
Dated, Confusing

See it if You like being challenged

Don't see it if You want mainstream entertainment

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
9
Absolute torture, Dated, Confusing

See it if You’re a masochist

Don't see it if You want to be entertained, absorbed, moved, or amused

Critic Reviews (13)

BroadwayWorld
December 13th, 2023

“Under Nina Raine's fluent direction, Parker is a solid presence throughout as the ever-tetchy Morrow... While Stoppard struggles here to give his female characters the same love and attention he pours into Max and Jan, Nancy Carroll is a real treat in the dual role of Eleanor and the adult Esme while Phoebe Horn adds bounce and energy throughout."
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The Guardian (UK)
December 13th, 2023

“Stoppard’s 2006 play asks important ideological questions with typically fizzing wordplay but its growling, feral energy comes too late”
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London Theatre
December 17th, 2023

“The meat of the play is the intersection – and sometimes the sharp bifurcation – between the personal and the political at a time and place in history when one’s very choice of music can itself seem seditious...But, equally, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’ invites you to succumb to the innate musicality of the material, which exerts its own grip well before the company is seen rocking out collectively to the Rolling Stones.”
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The Stage (UK)
December 13th, 2023

“Part trenchant political-history lecture, part slow-burning romantic comedy, Tom Stoppard’s 2006 drama is a sprawling, self-indulgent piece packed with fascinating ideas.”
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The London Evening Standard
December 13th, 2023

“What makes it all worth it is the enduring quality of some of the writing. There are moments where Stoppard settles in and lets rip: big battling speeches about politics and humanity and all that good stuff. Zinging lines. Even emotion, bucking the received wisdom about Stoppard’s plays that head always beats heart.”
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The Arts Desk
December 18th, 2023

“Nathaniel Parker holds the play together with his mixture of opinionated anger and occasional moments of softer emotion...Still, the play still fascinates: come on oldies, let’s rock again!”
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The Telegraph (UK)
December 13th, 2023

“Stoppard clashes together multiple ideas in this lusty, messy, exuberant play, allowing almost every character to hang themselves on the ropes of their moral confusion while largely withholding judgement...’Rock n Roll’ contains, too, an eerily prescient note, the intimation that tanks and totalitarianism come in many forms. ”
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Time Out London
December 13th, 2023

“This isn’t a biographical play. As the ideological conversations build and break over the years it spans, and cast members swap out one character for another, it’s really the story of a relationship – the fragile, often fraught one we have with our own beliefs.”
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