To Have and To Hold
Closed 2h 20m
To Have and To Hold
63

To Have and To Hold London Reviews and Tickets

63%
(8 Ratings)
Positive
38%
Mixed
37%
Negative
25%
Members say
Cliched, Funny, Slow, Banal, Dated

About the Show

Richard Bean's new comedy dealing with ageing parents who just don’t want to be dealt with.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (7)

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148 Reviews | 19 Followers
69
Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You would like to watch a light family drama

Don't see it if You expect that it can hold a candle to the same playwright's 1 man 2 Guv'nors or Jack absolute. It has some moments and that's about it.

53 Reviews | 0 Followers
65
Good acting, Slow, Relevant, Cliched, Funny

See it if You like traditional sitcoms

Don't see it if You’re looking for something edgy

15 Reviews | 0 Followers
76
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to be entertained by a current UK generational comedy that focuses on real life issues, performed with feeling and humour

Don't see it if You are expecting a re-run of One Man,Two Governor's or Jack Absolute Flies Again. It's not a runaway farce.

1 Review | 0 Followers
88
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You have any understanding of the Human condition

Don't see it if You want radical Bollywood pizzaz

1 Review | 0 Followers
68
Overrated, Slow, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing

See it if If you like Alan Armstrong and some good comedy lines

Don't see it if You want excellent play writing and construction.

1 Review | 0 Followers
10
Dated, Dull, Cliched, Banal

See it if You need a sleep. The man to my right had nodded off.

Don't see it if Sadly, it wasn't funny. The dialogue felt forced.

1 Review | 0 Followers
9
Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if Alun Armstrong is good

Don't see it if Dreadful script, woefully bad and clunky. So many of the "jokes" failed.

Critic Reviews (13)

BroadwayWorld
November 7th, 2023

“The cast do their best with the material and the set is well executed, but when you’re forced to watch often selfish characters hash their issues out, you may get more entertainment out of watching your own family bicker for two hours.”
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The London Evening Standard
November 7th, 2023

“The plot is vestigial, only there to support a series of running gags, acrimonious banter, shaggy dog stories and standalone jokes that feel even older than Jack. It’s entertaining enough, with moments of pathos, but feels sketchy and unfinished. The ending, which takes place during lockdown, descends into cliché.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 7th, 2023

“Having just lost my mother, I found the elegiac portrait of imminent parental death and bereavement – and the sense of a generational way of life, ordinary yet inimitable, on the brink of erasure – all too poignant.”
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London Theatre
November 8th, 2023

“It’s bound to strike a chord with anyone who has watched loved ones start to deteriorate, and it seems well-attuned to a Hampstead Theatre audience that may well understand the prevailing dynamic even if they are less familiar day-to-day with the Hull accent.”
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The Stage (UK)
November 7th, 2023

"Related in quiet, self-contained scenes, these snappy stories feature a pleasing mix of intriguing details, dark turns and witty punchlines, giving a substantial lift to a production that otherwise feels stuffy and subdued."
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All That Dazzles (UK)
November 7th, 2023

“The greatest element To Have and To Hold has going for it is its miraculous cast...[the show] has a lot of potential. However, its problem lies in its deeply flawed execution...Despite [these], the show does have some decent things going for it with some truly great bits of dialogue and a lot of laughs, particularly in the beginning, as well as stunning performances from Alun Armstrong and Marion Bailey. Unfortunately, its flaws outweigh its strengths.”
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Time Out London
November 7th, 2023

“...a funny and entertaining piece, a classic setup, a stab at something state-of-the nationy by focusing on the class divide, wealth divide, political divide, geographical divide within one family.”
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The Arts Desk
November 8th, 2023

“While there is much to enjoy in the comedy of this rather traditional play, what’s missing is a sharpness of the satire which Bean has occasionally used to good effect in the past...even the smooth pleasures of the Jim Reeves soundtrack can’t compensate for the piece’s lack of genuine spark.”
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