Ulster American
Closed 1h 30m
Ulster American
90

Ulster American London Reviews and Tickets

90%
(147 Ratings)
Positive
97%
Mixed
2%
Negative
1%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Funny

About the Show

Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis & Louisa Harland star in this dark comedy about the entertainment industry.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (60)

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331 Reviews | 21 Followers
94
Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You want to laugh out loud. Brilliant play and performances.

Don't see it if You want something "politically correct"

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
90
Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if highly entertaining, made me laugh, shocking at times, the show was worth the ticket price

Don't see it if you don't like to be shocked

101 Reviews | 6 Followers
90
Intelligent, Relevant, Absurd, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like clever and thought-provoking, yet silly, plays. A play in which the absurd is done right and laughs are guaranteed

Don't see it if You don't like politics, discussions around wokeness, absurd plays or are not at all familiar with Irish history (particularly the Troubles) Read more

53 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy clever writing and excellent performances by household names

Don't see it if you are offended by discussion about rape

61 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Refreshing, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if you're here for discussions of nationality, Ireland, gender, racism and identity on a backdrop of theatre creatives going absolutely mental

Don't see it if you think paying over £30 for a 90 minute play is ridiculous (I was lucky with presale)

161 Reviews | 6 Followers
80
Pushes boundaries, Good storyline/plot, Tremendous performances, ‘a’ list cast, Dark comedy

See it if you enjoy dark humour. Blend of instability & coolness It is an excellent example of a dark comedy in the truest sense of the word.

Don't see it if Disturbing themes/offensive language/violence

56 Reviews | 4 Followers
67
Weak plot, Swearing, Overrated, Funny, Great acting

See it if some superb acting and good laughs are more important to you than a strong plot and multifaceted characters

Don't see it if repeated jokes about rape, lots of unnecessary swearing and inconsistencies in the story significantly reduce your enjoyment of a play Read more

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
65
Ambitious, Banal, Funny, Dated

See it if you want to watch famous actors on stage. also, if it’s easy to make you laugh

Don't see it if you want to see something that’s actually authentic and fun

Critic Reviews (10)

The London Evening Standard
December 14th, 2023

“Woody Harrelson sends himself up mercilessly in this purposely offensive theatre-world farce from 2018, which continues writer David Ireland’s mission to shock audiences out of complacency.”
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Time Out London
December 14th, 2023

"Ireland aims to offend, and I was somewhat offended, job done (I did enjoy the jokes about how much they all hate theatre critics). I suppose that’s how you stay a cult artist. Plus, it you’re going to be subjected to wearying gags about sexual assault, it might as well be from that nice Woody Harrelson!"
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The Guardian (UK)
December 14th, 2023

"The character development becomes hamstrung by the play’s limitations, with all three apoplectically overacting by the end. But the performances far outshine the play and are reason enough to see this imperfect, anarchic production."
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The Telegraph (UK)
December 14th, 2023

“...aside from a denouement that achieves that rare thing, shock-value, the evening offers the unmistakable pleasure that an actor of Harrelson’s stature has bothered to come over, and throw himself into a gleeful portrait of a visiting Yank as the grisly epitome of preening, mansplaining insufferability.”
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London Theatre
December 14th, 2023

"I’m still of the opinion that the character revelations are often gerrymandered for effect: quite a few of the twists across Jeremy Herrin’s pacey, interval-free production have to be taken on faith. But if you’re going to brave the gruesome funfair into which Ireland and co. plunge an audience head-first, you could hardly be in better hands."
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The Stage (UK)
December 14th, 2023

“Walking a line between slapstick scrambling and visceral violence, the bloody sequence encapsulates the play’s tension between grotesque comedy and cruelty, as the characters finally abandon all civility and tear into each other with animalistic ferocity.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
December 13th, 2023

“Powerful, thought-provoking. Gritty, raw, and unashamedly real, the ability it has to make you cry with laughter one moment and make your blood boil with rage the next showcase the phenomenal nature of the writing, made even better by inspired direction and what may well be the best cast you see in a play this year. ‘Ulster American’ demands your attention and with a show as flawless as this, there is no way it is not going to get it.”
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WhatsOnStage
December 14th, 2023

“It all makes for a riotously enjoyable evening, and though I’m sure it doesn’t need the help of a dreaded critic to ensure it becomes a hot ticket, trust me when I say – do whatever you can to bag one.”
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