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The Collaboration London Reviews and Tickets

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(8 Reviews)
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88%
Mixed
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Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

Paul Bettany & Jeremy Pope star in this new play about Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat's infamous exhibition.

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Member Reviews (8)

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Nic
470 Reviews | 91 Followers
85
When i tell you i’d watch jeremy pope put up wallpaper, Slow, Interesting, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you don’t mind a low-key, introspective play examining the relationship between Warhol & Basquiat. Jeremy Pope is fire in everything.

Don't see it if you need more excitement than a interesting character study of a play.

90 Reviews | 3 Followers
79
Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to learn about the relationship and rivalry bw/ Basquiat and Warhol or you are keen to see Pope or Bettany on stage.

Don't see it if you don't like loud music or you prefer productions that don't want you to suspend disbelief throughout the play. Read more

65 Reviews | 6 Followers
63
Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You know nothing of art.

Don't see it if You know ANYTHING about 20th Century art, and you think that Warhol literally killed art..like totally... like.. he killed it.

38 Reviews | 2 Followers
85
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you adore intelligent discussions about how we can perceive art, what it is and what it can be

Don't see it if you can't engage with deep discussions

9 Reviews | 2 Followers
100
Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Great direction, mesmerising performances and a DJ set that was awesome! Saw it twice and enjoyed both times.

Don't see it if You don't want to!

8 Reviews | 0 Followers
95
Emotional, Gripping, Riveting, Profound, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy great acting, a gripping story and fascinating insight into art and culture through the eyes of two very different artists

Don't see it if If you don't like dialogue-heavy and occasionally challenging drama.

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like seeing two actors with incredible chemistry, and interval DJ sets!

Don't see it if if you don't like loud music and intense lights

3 Reviews | 0 Followers
89
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love art and recognise the resonance between 1980s New York and today's London. You want to grapple with race, identity and image.

Don't see it if You are not willing to think along with the characters. You want action, lullabies and simple answers.

Critic Reviews (7)

Time Out London
February 25th, 2022

It is, as I say, terrific entertainment. But there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s wildly contrived...It is fanfic, even at one point bordering on slash fiction, and pretty difficult to take entirely seriously.
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 24th, 2022

It’s refreshing to eavesdrop on the notoriously understated icon in relatively garrulous private mode...the casual detail and commitment of the central performances keeps you watching.
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The Guardian (UK)
February 25th, 2022

An ebullient production under Kwame Kwei-Armah’s direction (there is even a live DJ though, oddly, the music is only cranked up in between scenes), it has two star turns in the central performances and a spectacular set from Anna Fleischle...
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WhatsOnStage
February 24th, 2022

[Anthony] cleverly weaves his arguments about the nature of art, the origin of inspiration and the corruption of the art world into a story that hangs roughly on the lineaments of the two men's lives.
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The Stage (UK)
February 24th, 2022

For a play about mould-breakers, it’s structurally and dramatically formulaic, but McCarten has a real knack for humanising icons – for digging beneath the image to reveal the flaws, the contradictions and emotional complexity.
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The Times (UK)
March 2nd, 2022

The dialogue between an aphoristic Warhol and a sullen Basquiat takes ages to spark. After a gluey first half it finally does so in response to an off-stage calamity.
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The Arts Desk
February 25th, 2022

The leads are excellent, in challenging roles...As a whole, it’s entertaining when it might have been electrifying.
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