Watch on the Rhine

Watch on the Rhine London Reviews and Tickets

(5 Reviews)
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Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Funny, Slow

About the Show

Patricia Hodge stars in Lillian Hellman's political thriller.

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159 Reviews | 25 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an interesting political play, excellently staged in such a small space and brilliantly acted by the whole cast.

Don't see it if you don’t want to see yet another political play set during WW2. Read more

117 Reviews | 11 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if A great play with great acting.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of political dramas

100 Reviews | 12 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a great GREAT play

Don't see it if What’s not to like? It’s ace! Read more

36 Reviews | 9 Followers
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like historical show, a highly entertaining and still relevant play with a great cast

Don't see it if prefer contemporary plays. The staging has a feel of a more traditional play

9 Reviews | 0 Followers
Funny, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like world war 2 as a theme. Cast is phenomenal, especially the kids and Patricia Hodge.

Don't see it if you are not willing to watch a slow play about a historical theme. Except not much action.

Critic Reviews (11)

The London Evening Standard
January 11th, 2023

"This is a handsomely mounted, well-acted work that strums reliably on the emotions, but feels inescapably like a museum piece."
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Time Out London
January 11th, 2023

" ‘Watch on the Rhine’ was written for a specific time. It must have been incendiary in its day. It’s not now. But its shift from bourgeoise cosiness to shocking violence remains bravura stuff."
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The Guardian (UK)
January 11th, 2023

"Lillian Hellman’s 1941 play looks like the silver screen come to life...While its plot has the feel of a twisty crime thriller...we are so engaged by what it asks of us and its tension that the melodrama does not jar."
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The Telegraph (UK)
January 11th, 2023

"Watchable ... but more curio than classic."
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The Times (UK)
January 11th, 2023

"McDougall frames the play with flickering cinematic visual effects...For all that, it’s still, in essence, a dowdy drawing room exercise, mounted on Basia Binkowska’s decorous set."
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January 11th, 2023

"For all its oddity, and over-writing, the play grips...It may not come back for another 40 years, but it feels like an important piece in the history of theatre."
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London Theatre
January 12th, 2023

"This 'Watch on the Rhine' is well worth watching: not in a long time has a show come so honestly by the standing ovation at its close."
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The Stage (UK)
January 11th, 2023

"...It captures the feeling of an era about to unravel, a time – much like our own febrile political moment – when political apathy collided violently with extreme reactionary ideology."
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