The Animal Kingdom
The Animal Kingdom

The Animal Kingdom London Reviews and Tickets

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Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched

The world premiere of Ruby Thomas' play tackling fraught family dynamics.

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9 Reviews | 0 Followers
Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like soap opera Family in therapy drama, short and tight.

Don't see it if you like a play to surprise you.

Critic Reviews (4)

The Times (UK)
February 25th, 2022

It’s only some 80 minutes long, yet Ruby Thomas’s absorbing facsimile of a family therapy session resembles one of those undulating courtroom dramas where personalities shift in and out of focus under cross-examination. The performances have a note-perfect, fly-on-the wall quality; Lucy Morrison’s direction is always sure-footed.
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The Stage (UK)
February 25th, 2022

Lucy Morrison directs this intimate piece with a light touch and without the need for constant shouting to convey strong emotions...This is a thoughtful family drama that demonstrates the importance of active listening.
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The Guardian (UK)
February 25th, 2022

In a series of gripping group therapy scenes, we find out about the family breakdown that has brought student Sam to this place, but it’s not until the final stretch that anyone puts a name to what he has done.
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February 25th, 2022

With just a few mistuned lines tweaked and a less clumpy trounce from each revelation to the next, The Animal Kingdom is nearly complete triumph. It's heavy, yes, but funny, humane and very rewarding. Ultimately, what emerges from Thomas' therapeutic drawing-room is an exciting indication of things to come.
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