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

83%
(158 Ratings)
Positive
87%
Mixed
9%
Negative
4%
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (158)

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68 Reviews | 7 Followers
100
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want a perfect jukebox musical with a difference - wrapped in amongst the songs is a woman in a 'man's' industry and challenging issues

Don't see it if you just want to see Beverley Knight - I've seen the UK tour version - Carly Mercedes Dyer is wonderful in the title role

200 Reviews | 36 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.

55 Reviews | 6 Followers
92
Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want something different than the usual musicals

Don't see it if you don’t like when there’s only a few actors on stage

59 Reviews | 3 Followers
88
Relevant, Refreshing, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Great music with some great singers. Beverley Knight is just amazing

Don't see it if Drifter’s music

331 Reviews | 21 Followers
85
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want great vocals and some really tight singing

Don't see it if You like big splashy musicals. This is a small cast show with no ensemble.

77 Reviews | 7 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.

73 Reviews | 5 Followers
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.

171 Reviews | 6 Followers
80
Great chemistry, Polished performances, Fast paced/high energy, Vibrant, Nostalgia

See it if you like The Drifters - Faye Treadwell fought for the inclusion of women in the music industry Every song is a show stopping performance!

Don't see it if you don’t like The Drifters music …. you will know/remember/recognise more songs than you think

Critic Reviews (9)

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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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 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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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 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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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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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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