The 47th (London)
Ends May 28 2h 20m
The 47th (London)
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The 47th (London) London Reviews and Tickets

84%
(10 Reviews)
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Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

About the Show

Bertie Carvel leads in Mike Bartlett's new play about the race to the White House.

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Member Reviews (10)

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36 Reviews | 12 Followers
85
Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you like inventive thought provoking plays; want to be scared out of your mind

Don't see it if you have shakespear; clever plays

15 Reviews | 0 Followers
70
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if You don't like Donald Trump and will enjoy a purge infused American Election.

Don't see it if You don't care for politics.

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if The show is perfectly pitched so that all can access the humour and content whether you’re typically interested in politics or not.

Don't see it if If you’re sensitive to smoke or loud noises (gunfire) then this might not be a good one to see.

1 Review | 0 Followers
79
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Want to see Bertie Carval’s performance.

Don't see it if Not interested in American politics.

11 Reviews | 1 Follower
During previews
80
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like acting, politics and/or Shakespeare

Don't see it if you have no idea or interest about American politics

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
During previews
85
Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a Bertie Carvel fan or you like a bit of a political comedy.

Don't see it if if you expect a serious in-depth dissection of American politics. Read more

5 Reviews | 1 Follower
During previews
80
Great writing, Riveting, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoyed King Charles III or are interested in American politics or TV shows such as VIP and The West Wing

Don't see it if You are a Trump supporter or are not interested in American politics or the workings at The White House

3 Reviews | 0 Followers
During previews
97
Must see, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if if you are interested in dystopic, possible realities, involving Donald Trump, and amazingly written script then you should go.

Don't see it if you don't like politics, twists in the tale, darkness.

Critic Reviews (8)

The Telegraph (UK)
April 9th, 2022

Goold brings his usual sheen to proceedings, played out under an oval-ish strip of light, yet can’t hide the lack of meaningful substance beneath the theatrical polish. See it for Carvel’s tour de force, perhaps, but as Trump would attest, you can’t win ’em all.
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The London Evening Standard
April 11th, 2022

You can’t fault the ambition or the sheer craft of Mike Bartlett’s blank-verse drama about a Trump rerun against Kamala Harris in 2024. But despite an astonishing, hideously transformative central performance from Bertie Carvel as the tangerine narcissist, the show lands disappointingly.
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What's On Stage (UK)
April 9th, 2022

The writing shimmers with power: it's an analysis of Putin and every autocratic ruler, as much as the present dangers in the United States...It's this central argument, presented with forensic care that makes The 47th pack such a knockout punch. And Carvel's Trump, darkly ferocious, gives it its villainous heart.
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The Guardian (UK)
April 10th, 2022

The script, best in its granular moments of comedy, blends billionaire pomp with political chicanery, dynastic family drama and blank verse...In its drama it lacks atmosphere and jeopardy, its pace slow in the second half and its ending flat.
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The Times (UK)
April 9th, 2022

It’s an entertaining but uneven pageant held together by a barnstorming performance by Bertie Carvel, who as well as sporting a gravity-defying Trumpian hairstyle has captured all his mannerisms and tics.
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The Stage (UK)
April 9th, 2022

The play is not an exercise in crystal ball-gazing, rather a reflection on the ripples caused by the Capitol attacks and the repercussions for American democracy...It’s Carvel who leaves the biggest impression, bestriding the production in a magnificent and grimly apposite fashion.
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London Theatre
April 11th, 2022

Carvel is the big draw here with another astonishing transformation...But as funny and compelling as the portrait is, it doesn’t tell us anything new.
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The Independent (UK)
April 10th, 2022

Writer Mike Bartlett has crafted an epic. Like his 2014 play King Charles III, The 47th is an imagination of a future world. The year is 2024, and Trump is having another bash at the presidency. But, while the play’s events feel eerie in their potential realism, Bartlett’s form is, crucially, theatrical.
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