The Boy with Two Hearts (London)
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The Boy with Two Hearts (London)
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The Boy with Two Hearts (London) London Reviews and Tickets

81%
(6 Ratings)
Positive
83%
Mixed
17%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Profound, Emotional, Great staging

About the Show

The stage adaptation of Hamed & Hessam Amiri's book following a young Afghan family's journey to the UK and their tribute to the NHS.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (6)

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69 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Creative, Emotional, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you care about women's rights, the humanity of migrants and refugees, care for people and their dignity; you want to honour Fariba's stand

Don't see it if you don't enjoy creative, imaginative staging; don't want to be moved by the horrible conditions endured at points and the family's peril

581 Reviews | 89 Followers
100
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want a fascinating story, well told.The staging is incredible.You are brought into a world you've only heard about in the news.Brilliant

Don't see it if you want a light romantic musical comedy.This has a lot of light moments, but it is a serious topic, well told.Totally captured by the story

334 Reviews | 21 Followers
58
Dated, Ambitious

See it if A good story.

Don't see it if This was a lot of "telling not showing".

44 Reviews | 2 Followers
80
Profound, Intense, Intelligent, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You like a play that touches the heart

Don't see it if Tears aren't for you

44 Reviews | 6 Followers
71
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if A lovely story, if you are unfamiliar with the flight of refugees it may teach you something.

Don't see it if It you don't like plays it is not for you. I also feel like it could have gone into more detail about their journey and been more impactful

20 Reviews | 0 Followers
77
Profound, Emotional, Different, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are looking to learn or take away something from your theatre going experience

Don't see it if You are not into modern and symbolic theatrical styles

Critic Reviews (9)

The London Evening Standard
October 6th, 2022

"It’s an affecting tale but not entirely bleak...There’s no historical context, and the focus is on the family’s unity rather than the external threats."
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The Times (UK)
October 6th, 2022

"The visuals are inventive; the rest of the production, sadly, is the very opposite."
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London Theatre
October 6th, 2022

"The tone throughout is of a family-friendly narrative possessed of a childlike simplicity that adults might find a shade simplistic."
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The Telegraph (UK)
October 6th, 2022

"I just wish Phil Porter’s adaptation trusted its audience more...we get heavy-handed narration and blunt dialogue, commentating on the family’s closeness or the dangers they face."
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Time Out London
October 6th, 2022

"What we're seeing isn't a carefully crafted metaphor, it's real people's lives...This production is one that’s accessible in many senses – through its integrated subtitles, through its simple, easy-to-understand approach."
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The Arts Desk
October 6th, 2022

"You leave the theatre feeling nothing but respect for those forced to live this story. "
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The Guardian (UK)
October 6th, 2022

"The message of love and hope is winningly delivered...and this is a show that deserves as wide an audience as possible, from schoolchildren to politicians."
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WhatsOnStage
October 6th, 2022

"The horrors experienced and the fears that the family are continually facing are never given full force, so the impact doesn't fully land."
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