Boys from the Blackstuff (West End)
Ends Aug 03 2h 10m
Boys from the Blackstuff (West End)
84

Boys from the Blackstuff (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

84%
(247 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
6%
Negative
6%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Intense

About the Show

80s Liverpool: tough life, no work, no money. Find jobs, avoid 'sniffers', work harder, laugh along.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (19)

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203 Reviews | 25 Followers
100
Heart-breaking, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want real drama about real people in a difficult situation done with intelligence and urgency.

Don't see it if you do not wish to see serious drama. Read more

51 Reviews | 0 Followers
84
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want searing social commentary of the eighties, with heart and laughs

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate the bleak relentless futility of it all

47 Reviews | 2 Followers
88
Intense, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like plays with a social conscience. It still resonates in this age of food banks and high living costs. It's raw, visceral, bittersweet

Don't see it if The use of the 'F' word still shocks. This is about 80s Liverpool, unemployment, the struggles of life...the subject matter might not appeal

23 Reviews | 0 Followers
88
Gritty, Profound, Clever, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you are open to another powerful take on the Thatcher years. I imagine if you know the programme, this would be nostalgic in a way.

Don't see it if you are looking for something upbeat. It's definitely sobering, but not hard to watch.

39 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to lean more about Liverpool in the 80's/90's, you're interested in the history of the time,

Don't see it if .

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love a well written and performed play with relatable characters.

Don't see it if Can’t think of a reason.

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
98
Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Social realism of 80’s that still resonates today . Poignant, powerful and funny and sad but bears hallmarks of society today

Don't see it if Subjects of poverty, , unemployment , death are upsetting to your sensibilities

17 Reviews | 0 Followers
67
Resonant, Great acting

See it if You want to learn about recent UK history, I think that fans of Blood Brothers would enjoy this - has a similar vibe and pace

Don't see it if You want a genuinely fun night, or to see a play that will stay with you for a long time

Critic Reviews (3)

The Independent (UK)
June 20th, 2024

"...it’s a tribute to a series from 40 years ago, rather than a play for today."
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West End Best Friend
June 19th, 2024

"Boys from the Blackstuff is visually gritty and inviting in equal measure."
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Lost in Theatreland (UK)
June 21st, 2024

"Many of its funniest lines will be familiar to fans of the show"
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