The Ballad of Hattie and James
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The Ballad of Hattie and James
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The Ballad of Hattie and James London Reviews and Tickets

72%
(44 Ratings)
Positive
73%
Mixed
18%
Negative
9%
Members say
Slow, Great acting, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing

About the Show

Samuel Adamson's play exploring the beauty of friendship, music, and the moments that change your life.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (12)

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64 Reviews | 5 Followers
79
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are not expecting a masterpiece.

Don't see it if You don't want to see friendship stories.

128 Reviews | 11 Followers
70
Great acting, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if A sad and engaging story of two people.

Don't see it if Can be confusing and challenging for some people.

179 Reviews | 20 Followers
65
Insipid, Slow, Confusing

See it if For the live piano music and occasional funny lines.

Don't see it if You are put off by a long non-linear storyline. Read more

50 Reviews | 5 Followers
60
Bittersweet, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you like bittersweet stories.

Don't see it if non-linear storytelling confuses you.

334 Reviews | 21 Followers
55
Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if You like fairly intimate shows, and happy with a slow burner.

Don't see it if You like a linear narrative, and lots of action. I found this to be very slow and drawn out.

25 Reviews | 1 Follower
76
Dated, Cliched, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if A great performance from Sophie Thompson, bringing to life a very real character.

Don't see it if A bit slow in places. The show also suffers from having no likeable characters as they are all so heavily flawed.

3 Reviews | 0 Followers
88
Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Such a funny, honest, brutal play about friendship over the decades. As magnets attract and repel, close friendships can bolster and destroy

Don't see it if It’s not showy or obvious, not easy entertainment

115 Reviews | 6 Followers
During previews
81
Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want a play about the relationship of friends over a lifetime

Don't see it if You want something upbeat

Critic Reviews (8)

The Times (UK)
April 19th, 2024

"Twyman’s production rushes through too many key scenes...Too much is lightly sketched."
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London Theatre
April 25th, 2024

"this empathetic drama explores love, loss and the power of music"
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The Stage (UK)
April 19th, 2024

"Adamson’s text is unapologetically demanding, told in nonlinear fragments"
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The Independent (UK)
April 19th, 2024

"...it’s really good, really funny and really smart."
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Time Out London
April 19th, 2024

"...a moving, music-drenched drama about a decades-long friendship"
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The Guardian (UK)
April 19th, 2024

"a musical friendship comes back into tune"
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WhatsOnStage
April 19th, 2024

"This is a play that, without doubt, explores some fascinating ideas."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
April 18th, 2024

“rescued by strong central performances”
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