The Time Traveller's Wife (West End)
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The Time Traveller's Wife (West End)
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The Time Traveller's Wife (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

83%
(940 Ratings)
Positive
84%
Mixed
10%
Negative
6%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging

About the Show

A new British musical by Grammy Award winners Joss Stone & Dave Stewart based on the best-selling novel.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (280)

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55 Reviews | 5 Followers
90
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a nice musical to cry… really. is very well made with amazing staging and great acting!

Don't see it if you want a big and happy musical

52 Reviews | 6 Followers
90
Love story, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoyed the film, you will definitely love to see this live on stage. It’s an amazing and wonderful production, And a story of love

Don't see it if Moving musicals

147 Reviews | 13 Followers
88
Ambitious, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see a new musical, or are a fan of the book or film. If you read a brief synopsis, it’s very true to the source material

Don't see it if You’re not into musical theatre, or don’t want to be challenged with following what’s going on.

62 Reviews | 3 Followers
85
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see clever staging and banging songs. It is moving and the cast is great!

Don't see it if If you want to laugh, with this, you could easily cry like I did. But it’s therapeutic!

151 Reviews | 20 Followers
80
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to watch a visual spectacle. It also has cool transitions with the main character disappearing as he time travels.

Don't see it if You watch musicals mainly for the songs as it's not memorable. A heads up to sci-fi fans that there are plot holes but it's just a rom-com. Read more

132 Reviews | 20 Followers
80
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you're a fan of the movie or book. This musical was faithful to the source material. Entertaining and emotional at times.

Don't see it if you prefer more epically staged musicals. The set and stage is fairly simple but the acting and singing is excellent.

658 Reviews | 103 Followers
78
Romance novel + music

See it if Musical version of romance novel with some fun staging tricks for the time travel. 2.5 hours; 1 intermission.

Don't see it if Not into romance novels where women give up lots for the man, great singing but songs were just ok. Read more

67 Reviews | 2 Followers
76
Great singing, Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you'd enjoy a romantic story on time travelling with fun illusions, a variety of musical genres and excellent vocal talent.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a more chronologically clear storyline, or are specifically looking for songs that can fully embed themselves in the musical.

Critic Reviews (15)

BroadwayWorld
November 2nd, 2023

“Though it falls foul of some of the difficulties that come with adapting books for the stage, ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ boasts an excellent cast and sheer commitment to its vision, soul and the message at its core.”
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The London Evening Standard
November 3rd, 2023

“The grand romance of Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 bestseller...is here played for gloopy sentiment and goofy laughs...This is weird, potentially mind-bending, existential stuff – and on a granular level the story is about how women cope and men deceive.”
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Time Out London
November 2nd, 2023

“ ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ could be cleverer, more profound, with better songs and a more exciting story. But there’s something about its ease with itself that is beguiling. It’s watchable and fun, and if it’s not a great musical it’s an enjoyable one. Henry’s story may end sadly, but ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ is determined to give you a good time.”
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The Guardian (UK)
November 1st, 2023

“It seems like a high-end pop video wedged into a show but is a wonderful set-piece nonetheless. Questions around time and mortality are gradually explored more fully, and the romance comes to be felt rather than merely performed.”
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The Times (UK)
November 2nd, 2023

“This romance...leaps back and forth through different eras, making nonsense of conventional chronology. Captions announcing the ever-changing ages of the lovers — played by Joanna Woodward and David Hunter — in this unlikely tale give you only a tenuous sense of where you are.”
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WhatsOnStage
November 1st, 2023

“It’s perfectly amiable and enjoyable. But in each incarnation, Niffenegger’s original questions about the nature of love and the difficulties of sustained relationships get stripped back and what’s left is a saccharine story of enduring love. Without the philosophical underpinning, the narrative is uplifting but irritating as the essential difficulties of its time-travelling conceit are never resolved.”
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London Theatre
November 2nd, 2023

“Chris Fisher’s illusions are sometimes phenomenal, but there’s also rather a lot of Henry jogging offstage before he ‘travels’. It’s perhaps too literal for a story that uses sci-fi more as a metaphor for our relationship with time and love – whether it’s the agony of losing someone too soon, or the comfort of knowing that, in some sense, they always travel on with us.”
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The Stage (UK)
November 1st, 2023

“This new musical shoots its Cupid’s arrow straight at the tender heart of that hanky-clutching cohort – but you’d have to be feeling excessively sentimental to succumb to its anodyne appeal.”
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