Mad House (London)
Closed 2h 30m
Mad House (London)
88

Mad House (London) London Reviews and Tickets

88%
(51 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
4%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

About the Show

David Harbour and Bill Pullman star in a new dark comedy by acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck. 

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Member Reviews (51)

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117 Reviews | 9 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny

See it if Great acting, and I really enjoyed the writing. Very funny at times

Don't see it if Pretty typical of a "family home drama" play, of which there are many.

104 Reviews | 11 Followers
95
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see a brilliantly dark comedy that is thoughtful, emotional and hilarious in equal measure.

Don't see it if the themes in the play: death, mental illness, are likely to upset you or make you uncomfortable. Read more

90 Reviews | 3 Followers
88
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like clever thought-provoking writing and don't mind politically incorrect dialogue, discussions of mental illness, and themes of death

Don't see it if you have a problem with verbal abuse, depiction of drug/alcohol use, politically incorrect dialogue, mental illness, and themes of death Read more

77 Reviews | 1 Follower
85
Very funny, Dysfunction, Family drama, Outstanding lead performances

See it if you want great acting! Broken family in crisis, small talk develops into antics & dark humour. Laugh out loud funny.

Don't see it if Contains declining health, bad language.

28 Reviews | 1 Follower
85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like comedies that have substance and will make you think. A play that combines funny moments with some dramatic ones.

Don't see it if You are expecting to see a hilarious play that will make you cackle from beginning to end.

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Thought-provoking, Great set, Heartbreakingly beautiful, Great acting, Funny

See it if The acting, the set, the script, the humor and the story will definitely touch you. It's got a lot of humor, a lot of heart and heartbreak.

Don't see it if It could be triggering if you or someone you care for has been institutionalised or watched a parent or child die from disease.

20 Reviews | 1 Follower
99
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Themes of family mental illness and suicide don’t upset you.

Don't see it if You uncomfortable with themes of assisted dying, illness family conflict and mental ill health.

20 Reviews | 0 Followers
75
Intense, Drawn-out, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy intense family dramas.

Don't see it if light comedy is what you're looking for.

Critic Reviews (12)

Time Out London
June 27th, 2022

‘Mad House’ has an absolutely tremendous cast who were never not going to be able to carry this off. But ultimately you’re left with a play that doesn’t know if it wants to be ‘Hamlet’ or ‘Clybourne Park’, and suffers as a result.
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 27th, 2022

The dark comedy draws you in, but hits the snag of leaving you a bit high and dry when you yourself are required to care. The evening makes valid points about how hard the family straitjacket can be to escape. But the elaboration of resentments has a pre-fab quality.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 27th, 2022

In a play with too many half-drawn, derivative characters, [Harbour] is the one for whom we end up caring. It is ultimately a play with bits of brilliance ... but falling – heroically – short.
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WhatsOnStage
June 27th, 2022

Director Moritz Von Stuelpnagel holds the wildly divergent tonal shifts together as best he can, and the cast are never less than watchable but the overall impact is strangely muffled.
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The Times (UK)
June 27th, 2022

The first hour or so delivers an absorbing blend of dark and light, anguish and humour. Sadly, that delicate balance goes awry later. It’s still a thought-provoking piece, but you’re left wondering what might have been.
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The Independent (UK)
June 27th, 2022

Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel keeps things pacy, and secures fine, flamboyant performances from this A-grade cast. But still, this is all deeply old-fashioned stuff which ... could have easily been written any time in the last five decades.
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The Stage (UK)
June 27th, 2022

[This] offbeat black comedy loses focus despite meaty performances from David Harbour and Bill Pullman. Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel ... bulks up the text with plenty of purposeful non-verbal cues.
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
June 27th, 2022

The themes of mental health and our own mortality makes it sound like Mad House should be a serious affair, but it’s not entirely. The play is wickedly funny, filled with witty one-liners and clever comedy constructs, all helped by Bill Pullman’s exceptional comedy timing.
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