Scandaltown (London)
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Scandaltown (London)
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Scandaltown (London) London Reviews and Tickets

71%
(3 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
33%
Negative
0%
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Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting

About the Show

A new satirical comedy set in post-pandemic London by award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett.

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7 Reviews | 0 Followers
82
Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a modern play full of wit. Great fun, easy to watch and very entertaining

Don't see it if You want a classic play, this is not it.

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
81
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see a farcical satire from the prolific Mike Bartlett, anchored by strong performances, particularly Rachael Stirling.

Don't see it if You don’t like hokey, farcical comedy.

13 Reviews | 0 Followers
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50
Quirky, Cliched

See it if you are English (or at least British) and want to see a play that takes pokes fun at the Engish stereotypes.

Don't see it if you can't be bothered to roll your eyes all night trying to work out why the audince is laughing at a bunch of seemingly not funny lines. Read more

Critic Reviews (10)

Time Out New York
April 15th, 2022

Rachel O’Riordan’s production gets some strong performances from the cast, but it never descends into the level of boisterous mayhem this kind of satire needs...it's hard not to wish he'd gone out all guns blazing, railing against times that badly need a satirist's pen.
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The London Evening Standard
April 15th, 2022

One comes away with the sense of having watched and enjoyed a diverting confection, a stylish exercise in pastiche with a gloss of contemporary debate, but ultimately superficial.
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What's On Stage (UK)
April 15th, 2022

However, there is a lot of pleasure to be had en route in Rachel O'Riordan's lively production, cleverly choreographed by Malik Nashad Sharpe. Simon Slater's music and Kinnetia Isidore's costumes mix the contemporary and the 17th century to striking effect. I smiled throughout; it's a sign of how high a bar Bartlett has set himself that I emerged vaguely disappointed.
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The Guardian (UK)
April 15th, 2022

In its best moments it has the look of an expensively produced Monty Python sketch with pastiche that really is joyous. But it gets baggier as it goes on and by the end begins to resemble a flabby ITV comedy with rather too predictable jokes on Tory politicians, their partying and policies over the pandemic.
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The Times (UK)
April 15th, 2022

Like so much of his recent work, Scandaltown is a promising idea in search of another draft...Rachel O’Riordan’s direction fails to add fizz, and leaves the simple yet colourful set — designed by the Good Teeth team — looking disconcertingly underpopulated at times.
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London Theatre
April 15th, 2022

You’ll smile plenty during the overlong 2 and a half hours, but after a while, the grin may start to congeal as you are left wishing for something more.
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The Stage (UK)
April 15th, 2022

...the pacing of Rachel O’Riordan’s production regularly saps the snap out of the lines. Too often, where it needs to be tight, it’s baggy...more often than not, it feels muted, lacking the fire, anger – and clarity of purpose – that fuels the best satire.
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 17th, 2022

The trouble is, the play seems as little interested in analysis as its characters. It all feels decidedly tired, like drinking champagne from a bottle that’s been open two days too long.
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