The Human Voice (London)
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The Human Voice (London)
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The Human Voice (London) London Reviews and Tickets

62%
(25 Ratings)
Positive
48%
Mixed
32%
Negative
20%
Members say
Great acting, Dated, Absorbing, Intense, Slow

Olivier Award-winner Ruth Wilson stars in Jean Cocteau's solo show following one woman’s heartbreak.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (25)

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51 Reviews | 2 Followers
84
Frustrating, Depressing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see and experience an excellent actress in a one-woman show

Don't see it if You tend to identify with the character, because the experience is frustrating and depressing. The ending was also predictable for me.

55 Reviews | 4 Followers
81
Intense, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like compelling monologues

Don't see it if watching a woman unwind and spin out slowly but surely is not something you want to have to watch, unable to intervene

52 Reviews | 9 Followers
60
Dated, Painful, Intense

See it if You want to see Ruth Wilson, don’t mind listening to her through a glass wall so there is always a feeling of echo

Don't see it if You don’t like repetition, annoying telephone noises. If you recently broke up!

120 Reviews | 13 Followers
50
Disappointing, Dated

See it if you're willing to sit through a mediocre play just to see Ruth Wilson on stage.

Don't see it if you like the plot to move faster than at snail pace (or in fact have a plot more complex than a woman crying over a man). Read more

161 Reviews | 29 Followers
15
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated

See it if you want to hear Radiohead's "How to Disappear Completely" in full, which was honestly the highlight of the show.

Don't see it if you want to see direction or staging that do any credit to the incredible acting abilities of Ruth Wilson. Read more

138 Reviews | 19 Followers
10
Dreadful, Slow, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You enjoy watching a world class actor being betrayed by terrible creative choices from the team.

Don't see it if For any of the following reasons: You understand what an important play this is; You value your sanity; You want to bankrupt the producer

47 Reviews | 0 Followers
74
Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You like Ruth Wilson, or one person shows. Also see if you like totally strange and different productions.

Don't see it if You bore easily,

43 Reviews | 3 Followers
65
Dated, Slow, Great acting

See it if you enjoy Ruth Wilson's acting (which is superb here).

Don't see it if you don't enjoy narratives about women who define themselves by their men.

Critic Reviews (9)

The London Evening Standard
March 23rd, 2022

Not even Ruth Wilson’s limpid talent can breathe life into this dated, 70-minute solo show, in which a woman goes to pieces discussing the end of an affair with her unheard lover over the phone.
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The Guardian (UK)
March 23rd, 2022

Ruth Wilson, as a spurned lover dressed in tracksuit bottoms and a Tweety Pie top, variously underplays and over-eggs her character’s suffering...And for all its theatricality, the play remains stolidly sedate; a 65-minute monologue that creeps to its end.
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The Times (UK)
March 23rd, 2022

Ruth Wilson is on stage for all of 70 minutes, chatting ever more frantically down a phone line. Fine actress though she is, she can’t salvage a piece that — written nearly a century ago — remains an exercise in stagecraft rather than a compelling dark night of the soul.
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The Arts Desk
March 22nd, 2022

Van Hove’s production is, as you would expect, perfect in tone and texture...Yes, this overwhelmingly moving performance is a great 70 minutes of theatre — believe the hype.
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The Telegraph (UK)
March 23rd, 2022

What, you can’t help but wonder about half way through what is an extremely slow 70 minutes, made Ruth Wilson agree to star in this oddly unpleasant revival of a 1930 Jean Cocteau monodrama?
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The Stage (UK)
March 23rd, 2022

[Ruth Wilson] is an eminently watchable performer, shifting from feigned resilience to distress, conveying the intensity of feeling...But, good as she is, she feels constrained by this production.
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WhatsOnStage
March 23rd, 2022

Ivo van Hove's adaptation of Jean Cocteau's 1930 play is a piece that gives about as much as you're ready to put into it. Is it all a fantasy?...Does it matter either way?
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London Theatre
March 23rd, 2022

Ivo van Hove directs the two-time Olivier-winning actress in this heartwrenching monodrama, and Wilson’s captivating performance soars in a relevant isolation monologue.
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