Trouble In Butetown
Closed 2h 15m
Trouble In Butetown

Trouble In Butetown London Reviews and Tickets

(6 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

About the Show

The world premiere of a Cardiff-based drama by award-winning playwright Diana Nneka Atuona.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (6)

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52 Reviews | 11 Followers
Resonant, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in a play with a plot, learn about a piece of interesting historical trivia

Don't see it if Some scenes don’t feel plausible, character of the young sister takes too much importance

82 Reviews | 6 Followers
Dated, Cliched

See it if It’s alright, but a little forgettable

Don't see it if You have something better to do

26 Reviews | 2 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if The cast are all great. The story is great too. Relatively simple I guess but is all about an insight into relationships during the war.

Don't see it if The actors are not wearing mics, not a massive issue however from the very top row, when their backs were turned, it was harder to hear.

27 Reviews | 1 Follower
Realistic, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Love kitchen sink dramas; beautiful intimate set; dealt with Welsh race relations in the 40s with a deft hand; excellent performances.

Don't see it if Like small family dramas.

18 Reviews | 0 Followers
Slow, Ambitious, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You like historical dramas, want to explore marginalised stories, and you're willing to use your imagination.

Don't see it if You prefer lots of stage elements that don't require imagination to fully immerse in the story. The child actor wasn't consistently audible. Read more

143 Reviews | 19 Followers
During previews
Deathly, Banal, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Don’t. Just don’t

Don't see it if You value money, time and sanity Read more

Critic Reviews (9)

February 21st, 2023

“...this sophomore effort from Atuona in its current form feels underwritten and lacking in punch.”
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The London Evening Standard
February 21st, 2023

“Craig’s production is consistently entertaining. And beneath its covering of fuzzy warmth, it reminds us how mixed British society has always been, and how recently labels like “coloured” or the N-word were bandied around.”
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The Guardian (UK)
February 22nd, 2023

"The script is deft, never preaching, but some elements are one step removed from a final polish: the winning humour jars in the later, darker scenes when the stakes are raised; a love story feels tacked on and a surge of melodrama comes with clunky plot-turns toward the end."
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 21st, 2023

"Though it errs on being too neat at times, the overall effect is of something warm, spontaneous and true, the ensemble – directed by Tinuke Craig – beautifully serving low-key moments and high-stakes shifts."
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The Times (UK)
February 21st, 2023

“The script packs in period detail...’Trouble in Butetown’ is a glimpse of another time, another world.”
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February 21st, 2023

“ ‘Trouble in Butetown’ never loses its capacity to engage. It looks at the past with new eyes, trying to pull out the strings of Britain's tangled history, and it has the grace to spend time developing and listening to characters who aren't often heard. “
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The Stage (UK)
February 21st, 2023

“Atuona’s vivid characters are irresistible, in a drama that, at its best, has a piercing loveliness.”
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The Arts Desk
February 22nd, 2023

"Some humane and funny moments help smooth out the bumps in the writing – it all makes for an entertaining show."
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