Accidental Death of an Anarchist (West End)
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Accidental Death of an Anarchist (West End)
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Accidental Death of an Anarchist (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

86%
(154 Ratings)
Positive
94%
Mixed
1%
Negative
5%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Hilarious

About the Show

Tom Basden's farce about the police investigating a death that occurred on their watch.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (154)

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67 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Epic, Funny, Exquisite, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The best thing I’ve seen in my fifteen years of theatre going. Hilarious, clever, and a tour de force of a performance by Daniel Rigby.

Don't see it if You’re in the police force…

59 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like your theatre to make you laugh and enjoy the show but also hold an important message. You can also appreciate amazing acting!

Don't see it if You can't generally keep up with fast paced theatre or are not looking to read between lines or have to think too deeply about a storyline. Read more

161 Reviews | 28 Followers
92
Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see a phenomenally funny show. Clever, witty, fast paced and full of great references with a clear message throughout.

Don't see it if you’re not in to fast paced farces or indeed, you don’t want to engage with a political message however well put across it is.

101 Reviews | 4 Followers
91
Relevant, Profound, Dizzying, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to watch a fast-paced farce examining the Met police

Don't see it if You don't like farce or do not want to question the current police Read more

56 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Must see, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love farce and want to laugh for two hours - face ache by the end! There’s also some quite up to date, relevant commentary on life!

Don't see it if You have no sense of humour and don’t like political comedy

139 Reviews | 4 Followers
90
Hilarious, Clever, Contentious, Insane, Anarchic

See it if you like insane clever laugh out loud satire. It’s a really great show and phenomenal cast!

Don't see it if you don’t want to see how corrupt people in positions of authority are.

61 Reviews | 1 Follower
89
Intelligent, Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a neat updated London set version of the Dario Fo classic.

Don't see it if You don’t like political theatre, slapstick or swearing Read more

74 Reviews | 5 Followers
86
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love a play that feels light-hearted and funny, but also carries a very important message.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays full of slapstick comedy that run at a very fast pace.

Critic Reviews (8)

The Telegraph (UK)
June 27th, 2023

“He [Rigby] doesn’t just take Basden’s script by the throat and deliver its needling round of gags with breathless finesse, he exerts a physicality that dominates every inch of the office interior and beyond.”
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The Times (UK)
June 27th, 2023

...Tom Basden’s supercharged adaptation — belongs very much in the present day, adding no end of references to the Met’s string of recent, very public failures.”
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London Theatre
June 27th, 2023

“'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' has now arrived in the West End, and there’s hardly a more energised evening in town. Whether that sustained adrenaline will appeal to playgoers or eventually pall is surely a matter of individual taste.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
June 26th, 2023

Accidental Death of an Anarchist has its audience howling for about ninety percent of the running time; sometimes resulting in us missing the next joke because the laughter was so loud. But when it comes to getting it’s point across, it never fails to hit the mark. The Maniac, and the play itself, pulls no punches when discussing the failings of the police, and by extension, the establishment, resulting in a ferociously funny play that will send shivers down spines at Scotland Yard
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The London Evening Standard
June 27th, 2023

“Rigby, who has the unparalleled quality of being annoying in the most endearing way, doesn’t just perform Basden’s exquisite script: he blows every single line up, making each one a balloon or a bomb depending how mad he’s feeling.”
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The Independent (UK)
June 27th, 2023

A performance like this is a rare gem, not to be missed in a deliriously entertaining and politically urgent show that hits all its targets with cool, comic precision.
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West End Best Friend
June 27th, 2023

“ ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ is an absolute riot – a belly-aching tour-de-force that wraps some sobering truths in masterful comedy. Pitch perfect.”
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The Stage (UK)
June 27th, 2023

“It’s shockingly funny, thanks in no small part to Rigby as the Maniac...in maintaining the Maniac’s belief that life is a game and rules are for suckers, it allows us, for two hours, to laugh at the bleakest of situations.”
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