Patriots (West End)
Closed 2h 40m
Patriots (West End)
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Patriots (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

86%
(104 Ratings)
Positive
89%
Mixed
7%
Negative
4%
Members say
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant

About the Show

Tom Hollander reprises his role in the West End transfer of Peter Morgan's Soviet-era play.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (104)

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73 Reviews | 5 Followers
100
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a deep and intense story and subject matter but is told in a way which feels easy to follow with great staging.

Don't see it if You want light hearted entertainment.

69 Reviews | 8 Followers
98
Great writing, Riveting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to understand how Russia got to where it is today; see Russian political figures are in a bar setting; Tom Hollander's journey

Don't see it if you don't want to see Putin in any shape or form; also the foreboding when Alexander Litvinenko appears on stage (it's very poignant)

119 Reviews | 41 Followers
95
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’d appreciate a serious look at contemporary history and the machinations behind Putin’s rise to power

Don't see it if you’re looking for light entertainment or prefer more tightly-edited works Read more

82 Reviews | 6 Followers
95
Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You want a captivating meaty drama about human nature and consequences of decisions. The performances capture the essence of the people well

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in political dramas

91 Reviews | 5 Followers
95
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like politics and current affairs. Amazing performance by Tom Hollander. Captivating plot and nice staging.

Don't see it if You don't like the subject matter. Read more

62 Reviews | 2 Followers
91
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy well acted Contemporary drama

Don't see it if Swearing offends you Read more

105 Reviews | 11 Followers
91
Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you'd like a great theatrical piece.

Don't see it if you can't have an open mind for anything about Russia.

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
90
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like stories about foreign countries, Russia in particular. also, if you enjoy being challenged

Don't see it if you don’t like going back in history

Critic Reviews (8)

The London Evening Standard
June 7th, 2023

"The script is consistently witty and smart but inevitably, with so much information and history to pack in, some of the dialogue is on the nose."
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 7th, 2023

"Where portrayals of Hitler can go to town with that rising tide of mania, Putin is a relatively anti-dramatic figure, and Morgan takes the added risk of barely fleshing out his past. Still, you can see why Keen got an Olivier for his performance as the West’s nemesis."
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The Times (UK)
June 7th, 2023

"It’s the sort of evening where the mood can turn on a rouble, leaving you with the ghost of a smile on your face as comedy turns to tragedy."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
June 6th, 2023

" 'Patriots' is a fine example of what Peter Morgan does best, it takes the key facts that most people already know, and shapes and entire narrative around them. How much of what happens on stage is actually true is anybody’s guess, but regardless, it’s riveting from start to finish."
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All That Dazzles (UK)
June 7th, 2023

" 'Patriots' is not the easiest of plays to perform at the present time, given its subject matter... Brilliant writing, outstanding direction and absolutely magnificent performances from the entire cast but especially Tom Hollander and Will Keen make this a sensational watch...This is one show that continues to find success as its ambition grows."
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The Stage (UK)
June 7th, 2023

"Telling this story is a political act; telling it with such calmness and clarity in a packed West End house, even more so."
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West End Best Friend
June 8th, 2023

"The show reinforces that these atrocities are going unpunished as we write this review. Yet coming away from the play, it’s almost as if it is missing a true conclusion."
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The Arts Desk
June 8th, 2023

"A zinging, brutal duel for power between the exhibitionist, hubristic Berezovsky and the sly, intense Putin, each mesmerisingly played"
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