The Visit or The Old Lady Comes to Call
The Visit or The Old Lady Comes to Call

The Visit or The Old Lady Comes to Call London Reviews and Tickets

(6 Ratings)
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Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intelligent, Grotesque

About the Show

Tony Kushner's stage adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 tragicomic drama.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (6)

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120 Reviews | 12 Followers
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a big production with a large cast and are in the mood for a 3.5-hr show that's not at all light and fluffy.

Don't see it if you can't keep intense concentration for 3.5 hrs and/or aren't willing to suspend disbelief in places. Read more

1006 Reviews | 1056 Followers
Romantic, Absorbing, Great acting, Dark

See it if You were a fan of the musical you will enjoy this. Story is riveting and It's both dark & romantic. Manville is a powerhouse. Big production

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for something light.

1023 Reviews | 952 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Great story, dark and revealing with expert writing that supports character's evolution in attitudes. Great acting.

Don't see it if Slightly long. But definitely worth every minute.

101 Reviews | 6 Followers
Great acting, Great staging

See it if Lesley Manville is great. Very impressive staging.

Don't see it if Quite long.

23 Reviews | 0 Followers
Slow, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if -

Don't see it if -

14 Reviews | 0 Followers
Thought-provoking, Lenghty, Political, Grotesque, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy large ensembles and the usage of all the Olivier theatre stage has to offer

Don't see it if you are easily outraged with too many liberties made to adaptations and love the panther

Critic Reviews (8)

Time Out London
February 14th, 2020

Kushner’s language is wonderful. You won’t be bored. But his Kushner-isms ultimately get in the way of this play being as good as it could be...singular but rambling take on a European classic.'
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The Guardian (UK)
February 14th, 2020

Tony Kushner's plodding revenge epic falls flat...Lesley Manville excels as the billionaire returning to her small town but even she can’t save this bloated adaptation.'
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 14th, 2020

Lesley Manville confirms she's one of the all-time greats...The only drawback is how drawn-out Jeremy Herrin’s beautiful to behold production (with live jazz) is: over three and a half hours, with two intervals.'
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February 14th, 2020

[Lesley Manville's] quite simply spellbinding... But there's an awful lot of everything and when Manville is not centre stage, the action feels curiously airless.'
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The Arts Desk
February 15th, 2020

Star turn bolsters baggy rewrite...Lesley Manville rises above the prevailing its core, the play seems mostly to be running in place.'
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The Stage (UK)
February 14th, 2020

While its length is a problem, its high points are riveting, Herrin’s production is cool and stylish, and it’s worth the surfeit to see Manville at her resplendent best.'
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The Times (UK)
February 23rd, 2020

Manville gives as strong a performance as the two-dimensional writing allows. The staging has panache. But for all its opulence, this self-indulgent show lacks heart and, at four hours, is far, far too long.'
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The Independent (UK)
February 14th, 2020

A vaudevillian nightmare with an unforgivable running time...Lesley Manville is magnificent as a billionaire seeking revenge, but this cartoonish play misses the mark.'
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