Scandaltown (London)
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Scandaltown (London)

Scandaltown (London) London Reviews and Tickets

(5 Ratings)
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Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Funny

About the Show

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

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129 Reviews | 3 Followers
Great cast!, Entertaining, Fun, Colourful

See it if you want to see a new play. Mockery, societal issues, social media, saucy & fabulous fun.

Don't see it if saucy offends.

32 Reviews | 0 Followers
Romantic, Raunchy, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Had a little bit of everything and polished by real star power

Don't see it if Rude content bothers you

9 Reviews | 0 Followers
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
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.

118 Reviews | 12 Followers
During previews
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'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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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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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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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 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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The Independent (UK)
April 16th, 2022

But beyond packing as many contemporary cultural references into his script as possible, Bartlett’s satire about the rich and powerful is underachieving...Though we might be having a Mike Bartlett moment, this is a clutter of a parody that, unlike some of his other triumphs, leaves a sour taste.
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