That Face London Reviews and Tickets

(2 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

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Polly Stenham’s award-winning play takes an in-depth look at the lives of the rich.

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83 Reviews | 8 Followers
Dated, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if Impressive first play by a 19 year old but also cliched.

Don't see it if Can't cope with semi hysterical acting.

52 Reviews | 0 Followers
During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy intense, raw, affecting theatre in the round

Don't see it if you want an interval

Critic Reviews (9)

September 14th, 2023

“Stenham’s script is outstanding in how authentic and believable her dysfunctional characters are, even while we are often imbued with loathing and distaste at their behaviour. Despite the weight of the subject matter, there is also a lot of wry humour even as the family unit disintegrates.”
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Time Out London
September 15th, 2023

“‘That Face’ still feels like a sharp knife to the guts...There’s the very real possibility that Polly Stenham will never top the play she wrote when she was 19, but at least she can rest easy in the knowledge that it really is a classic, a timeless roar of teenage frustration.”
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September 14th, 2023

"Stenham’s play is a savage analysis of just how much suffering families can cause."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
September 13th, 2023

“Stenham’s script is undeniably a strong, and at times, utterly gripping piece of drama. For a play so grounded in realism, this production does sometimes veer in the opposite direction...Still, this accomplished piece of writing stands the test of time, and a passionate cast ensures the return of ‘That Face’ is not a disappointment.”
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The Arts Desk
September 15th, 2023

“It’s punky and extravagant, but what’s less strong is any sense of psychological depth, any backstory, any exploration of the situation that goes beyond the surface antagonism...Over the course of some 95 minutes, the central theme of codependence between parents and children is rather too emphatic, too underlined.”
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The Times (UK)
September 14th, 2023

“In this play money can’t buy you emotional stability, it just covers the cracks and lets the unhappiness fester. Each time you laugh, you’re horrified. Chillingly compelling.”
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The Guardian (UK)
September 15th, 2023

"It’s an almost sickeningly intense experience, lit up by some stunning performances and Josh Seymour’s finely calibrated direction, which manages to be both stylised and punchy but intimate and truthful too."
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The Stage (UK)
September 18th, 2023

"Tense, magnetically performed revival proves Polly Stenham’s celebrated debut has lost none of its bite"
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