The Drifters Girl (London)
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The Drifters Girl (London)
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The Drifters Girl (London) London Reviews and Tickets

85%
(133 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Must see

About the Show

Beverley Knight stars in a new musical about The Drifters and the woman behind their success.

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Member Reviews (133)

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503 Reviews | 77 Followers
64
Yawn, Great singing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you love the Drifters or love jukebox musicals.The talent is wonderful.The story is dull and totally predictable.Great performances.

Don't see it if you are looking for something new and creative. This ain't it!

136 Reviews | 33 Followers
100
Resonant, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love the Drifters' music and truly enjoy a fabulous cast of extremely talented singers!!!

Don't see it if their music doesn't interest you.

89 Reviews | 6 Followers
50
Insipid, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you absolutely love the Drifters and want to hear a large collection of their music. Beverley Knight is as masterful as you'd expect.

Don't see it if you want a well dressed and interestingly staged jukebox musical. This is a biopic similar to Jersey Boys but sadly inferior in every way.

64 Reviews | 8 Followers
85
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like jukebox musicals and love 1960s music. Great singing and clever staging with a small cast.

Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals or 1960s doo-wop music, or musicals based on a biographical story.

46 Reviews | 3 Followers
20
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you wanna waste time

Don't see it if you like musicals it's just music chucked together

46 Reviews | 1 Follower
84
Great singing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want a good story and amazing music to entertain. You can see this show whether you know of the drifters or not.

Don't see it if You want an original story and music.

36 Reviews | 0 Followers
75
Great singing, Must see, Clever

See it if you love the music of The Drifters

Don't see it if You're expecting a spectacle, the staging is fairly basic.

32 Reviews | 1 Follower
78
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy musicals and like The Drifters’ music. Lots of glitter and glamour in this show.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or shows that focus on more serious topics, or if you don’t like biography style jukebox musicals.

Critic Reviews (9)

Time Out London
November 25th, 2022

And as a musical it certainly has its moments: basically any time Knight gets to sing. Her hardworking supporting cast ... are gifted multitaskers with fine voices. I couldn’t help but find ‘The Drifters Girl’ a bit tawdry. This is the jukebox musical genre at its most cynical.
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 25th, 2021

The sound of the show ... is exquisite, Beverley Knight leading the way and raising the roof at points in the title role. Yet the dramatic balance doesn’t feel quite right yet. The changing roster of men in the line-up, and in Treadwell’s life, repeatedly woo us with calculated charm.
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The London Evening Standard
November 26th, 2022

The staging is pleasingly simple ... [but] Ed Curtis’s script is awful. Ultimately ... this show depends on the quality of the music ... [when] Knight transitions into full-throated song, time seems to stop. Her four male co-stars deliver immaculate performances.
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The Guardian (UK)
November 25th, 2021

But this show ... relies on that catalogue of songs too heavily, which compromises the narrative journey and emotional force. Ed Curtis’s book features bite-sized scenes with neat bland soundbites. Knight blows us away with each number.
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WhatsOnStage
November 26th, 2021

There's not much dramatic engagement in the story; all the characters who wander through remain outlines rather than people. [However], Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry, and Tosh Wanogho-Maud play every part and fill every voice. They are credited as co-creators and in truth, they make the show.
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The Times (UK)
November 26th, 2021

It’s the script that doesn’t quite work. Still, it’s wonderful to see the multitasking [cast] handle not just the singing, but [an] array of subsidiary roles. The songs ... are adorable.
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London Theatre
April 25th, 2022

Ed Curtis's book is rather less pioneering; in fact, it falls into all the worst traps of jukebox bio-musicals. Knight, of course, brings her own firepower, and the musical kicks into high gear whenever she has a solo number.
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The Stage (UK)
November 25th, 2021

It’s the performances that jerk tears, conjure smiles, make hearts swoon or ache – not the story. As a musical it flails, but every time the quartet layers up those coil-tight harmonies, or Knight lets rip, it’s heaven.
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