A Little Life (West End)
Closed 3h 40m
A Little Life (West End)
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A Little Life (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

80%
(143 Ratings)
Positive
78%
Mixed
9%
Negative
13%
Members say
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

About the Show

Ivo van Hove directs this stage adaptation of the bestselling novel by Hanya Yanagihara.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (143)

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91 Reviews | 5 Followers
100
Dramatic, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like LGBTQ+ thematics and intense, dramatic plays. Beautifully acted. Was turning in my seat the whole time.

Don't see it if You’re easily impressed and don’t care for the plays that exploit pain. Topics like suicide and self-harm trigger you.

98 Reviews | 4 Followers
100
Outstanding, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like a brilliant performance brilliantly acted. I was left emotionally drained it was a difficult watch.

Don't see it if You are triggered by mental health and self harm and don’t want to cry in the theatre

53 Reviews | 6 Followers
98
Traumatic, Harrowing, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if James Norton has secured his Olivier for this season in what’s possibly the best show I’ve ever seen.

Don't see it if It’s very long, and the amount of trigger warnings won’t fit here, so be prepared going in, it’s a lot.

74 Reviews | 6 Followers
95
Great writing, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of the book. Also if you want to see a masterclass in great acting and directing of a very intense and heartbreaking story.

Don't see it if Harrowing shows with lots of trigger warnings and intense scenes make you uncomfortable. Read more

59 Reviews | 1 Follower
93
Edgy, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great acting and staging.

Don't see it if you don’t like intense shows with lots of blood, self harm, violence and abuse

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
90
Profound, Intense, Great acting

See it if read the book and know the history and/or if you want something very deep and heartbreaking

Don't see it if you can’t sit for almost 4 hours and is sensible to blood, rape, self harming, etc. check trigging warnings!

175 Reviews | 16 Followers
90
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well done show but emotionally taxing and difficult to view at points.

Don't see it if You cannot sit for long shows-this is almost 4 hours or if you are sensitive to blood, mental disorders, suicide, self harm, violence, abuse Read more

132 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of James Norton. He is amazing in this. He rarely leaves the stage for this 3+ hour show.

Don't see it if if the sight of blood makes you nauseous. There's a lot of cutting and constant cleaning of blood on stage.

Critic Reviews (13)

BroadwayWorld
April 5th, 2023
For a previous production

"The play it's certain to divide both audiences and critics: its effect ultimately depends on what one looks for. It's only a shadow of the book, but, realistically, this is probably the best adaptation fans and sceptics will get.”
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The London Evening Standard
April 6th, 2023
For a previous production

“I still can’t decide if ‘A Little Life’ is a work of great empathy, great voyeurism or some conflation of the two. But it’s been staged here with consummate skill and Norton’s astonishing performance puts him into the top rank.”
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Time Out London
April 6th, 2023
For a previous production

“I can’t help but think ‘A Little Life’ is probably essentially meaningless, a horrible story told for the thrill of telling a horrible story, its nihilism ultimately sophomoric and unserious. Brilliant acting, great direction, but at heart it’s simply an empty vision of despair.”
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The Guardian (UK)
April 5th, 2023
For a previous production

“There is something heroic in the staging of this story in the West End: resolutely bleak with no catharsis and cyclical violence, it is an almost anthropological study of pain.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 5th, 2023
For a previous production

“...here’s my content warning: the exposition-heavy script is as overstated as the accompanying string music – a little less of it, in fact a lot less of it, would help.”
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The Times (UK)
April 6th, 2023
For a previous production

“The play, inevitably can only deliver a precis of a book that sprawls over some 700 pages...A stylishly mounted, second-rate melodrama.”
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WhatsOnStage
April 5th, 2023
For a previous production

“I felt I had witnessed a terrible, truthful depiction of the ongoing effects of mankind’s capacity for cruelty. I still wondered why I would want to delve so deep, but there is no doubting the production’s power – or the belief and excellence of all the actors.”
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The Stage (UK)
April 5th, 2023
For a previous production

“Just witnessing it tests our endurance too; Norton’s is, though, an astonishing performance in a production that leaves its mark like a livid, tender bruise on the imagination.”
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