Mad House (London)
Ends Sep 2022 2h 30m
Mad House (London)
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Mad House (London) London Reviews and Tickets

88%
(15 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
7%
Negative
0%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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 (15)

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18 Reviews | 1 Follower
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

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
75
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like comedy in everyday life situations.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by anything that isn't politically correct.

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
77
Resonant, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The acting is fantastic. It’s witty and moving.

Don't see it if It is quite triggering if you’re a family member of someone who suffers from mental illness.

1 Review | 0 Followers
90
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if The play was very emotive and funny. A heart wrenching subject for anyone with an elderly parent facing the end of their life.

Don't see it if You are looking just for laughs. This play is far more than that.

1 Review | 0 Followers
95
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Like A great night in the West End and singing. Ms Knight was delightful and the whole cast were magnificent.Musical theatre at its best

Don't see it if You don’t like great music.

1 Review | 0 Followers
94
Must see, Profound, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like dark humour and great acting. Every character has dept and the relationships are well explored.

Don't see it if You are triggered by profound examination of human nature and trauma

27 Reviews | 1 Follower
During previews
65
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intense, Funny

See it if You are a fan of dark comedies

Don't see it if You are expecting a typical laugh a minute comedy

21 Reviews | 0 Followers
During previews
90
Funny, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some great acting and writing. The show is a good mix of funny interactions and intense moments.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy dark humour about death. The show also has some deep discussions about mental health.

Critic Reviews (11)

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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What's On Stage (UK)
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 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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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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The Arts Desk
June 27th, 2022

This is writing that feels engrossing as it proceeds, but less significant once it has passed. It's a memorable vehicle for David Harbour’s talent, and that is compelling reason in itself to see this show.
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