A Small Family Business

Theatre

West End

National Theatre, Olivier

Until Wed Aug 27

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    Matthew Cottle -Benedict Hough, Nigel Lindsay - Jack McCracken, Debra Gillett - Poppy McCracken

  • © Johan Persson

    (back row) Nigel Lindsay - Jack McCracken, Debra Gillett - Poppy McCracken, Stephen Beckett – Cliff McCracken, Samuel Taylor – Roy Ruston, (front row) Amy Marston – Harriet Ayres,  Gerard Monaco – Uberto Rivetti, Niky Wardley - Anita McCracken

  • © Johan Persson

    Alice Sykes - Samantha McCracken, Rebecca McKinnis – Tina Rushton, Matthew Cottle -Benedict Hough, Debra Gillett - Poppy McCracken

  • © Johan Persson

  • © Johan Persson

    Niky Wardley - Anita McCracken, Stephen Beckett – Cliff McCracken, Gerard Monaco –Vincenzo Rivetti, Nigel Lindsay - Jack McCracken

  • © Johan Persson

    Samuel Taylor – Roy Ruston, Alice Sykes - Samantha McCracken,  Matthew Cottle -Benedict Hough

  • © Johan Persson

    Niky Wardley - Anita McCracken, Samuel Taylor – Roy Ruston, Nigel Lindsay - Jack McCracken, Neal Barry – Desmond Ayres, Stephen Beckett – Cliff McCracken

  • © Johan Persson

  • © Johan Persson

    Stephen Beckett – Cliff McCracken, Nigel Lindsay - Jack McCracken

  • © Johan Persson

    Debra Gillett – Poppy McCracken, Samuel Taylor – Roy Ruston, Nigel Lindsay - Jack McCracken

  • © Johan Persson

    Gawn Grainger - Ken Ayres, Nigel Lindsay - Jack McCracken

  • © Johan Persson

© Johan Persson

Matthew Cottle -Benedict Hough, Nigel Lindsay - Jack McCracken, Debra Gillett - Poppy McCracken

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Johan M

Saw this tonight at the cinema live broadcast , really dire bad am dram quality. Script devoid of wit or interest all characters utterly uninvolving. Why any one would go see this live is beyond me.

Zohra J

I'm sorry, I found nothing in this play for me at all. I gave it a solid 30 minutes, the whole thing was quite contrived and wooden with no natural flow, the plot moved far too slow, the lines was too wooden and the delivery was OTT. Even though I was seated bang in the middle of row A, I couldn't hear clearly. 

Oliver K

'A small family business' is an enjoyable eighties-set romp with a critical focus on the selfish capitalist ethos of Thatcherite Britain. In fact the play is again relevant given the more recent financial collapse brought on by the actions of the latest crop of unscrupulous con-men driving our economy. It's open to question whether there is any value in re-staging the play in its original eighties context as its themes are so resonant to post-Lehman Brothers Britain (the costumes and hairstyles add little to the production). However, the darkening of the mood as the story unfolds is powerful as the moral message at the core of the piece, that self-interest spreads and is dangerously (often fatally) all-consuming, is emphatically made.

Kevin J

It was an enjoyable evening but it did have the feeling of a dated sitcom from the 70s to 80's. There was some notable character performances and some chuckles, but few belly laughs. I felt that the actors did as much with the script as they could and the acting flowed well. The transformation into mafia boss could have been more gradual and subtle and I didn't think the plot was well written, although some of the comedy moments stood out.

Very much a 3 star overall.

John M

While there was some interesting themes about family loyalty, conflict and corruption, the overall the story and characters feel a little dated and predictable 27 years on.

RVP

Bondage, murder and family seems a strange combination of themes - but the show somehow manages to put a comic and lighthearted spin on some dark moments. The characters are hilarious and had me chuckling - at no moment did I feel like I was going to fall asleep (an achievement for me in a warm and dark Theatre). A loveable show. Saw this last night courtesy of the Time out Card team, thanks once again!