American Psycho



Almeida Theatre

Until Sat Feb 1 2014

  • © Francis Loney

    Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman)

  • © Francis Loney

    Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman), Cassandra Compton  Jean) and Katie Brayben (Courtney Lawrence)

  • © Francis Loney

    Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman), Cassandra Compton (as Jean) and Katie Brayben (Courtney Lawrence); Ben Aldridge (Paul Owen)

  • © Francis Loney

    Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman) and Simon Gregor (Detective Kimball)

  • © Francis Loney

    Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman)

  • © Francis Loney

    Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman), Ben Aldridge (Paul Owens), Jonathan Bailey (Tim Price); Tom Kay (Sean Batemen)

  • © Francis Loney

    Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman), Jonathan Bailey (Tim Price), Tom Kay (Sean Batemen)

  • © Francis Loney

    Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman), Ben Aldridge (Paul Owens), Jonathan Bailey (Tim Price); Tom Kay (as Sean Batemen)

  • © Manuel Harlan

© Francis Loney

Matt Smith (Patrick Bateman)

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Was lucky enough to get tickets for this just after Christmas and took my teenage daughter. We loved it, it was crass, humourous and extremely stylish. Some scenes include Matt Smith in his underpants which is no bad thing as he has been working out. He is the eighties icon, truly his voice suits that style of music and his american accent is wonderful. If you get a chance to go see this show, grab it. So worth it.


As a big fan of both the book and film I should probably have stayed away. It's rare that people that enjoyed one medium of a piece to enjoy the transition to another, but to enjoy a second change in format..I was probably hoping for too much. Unfortunately, my fears were realised. Whilst this musical is entertaining I can't say that it really portrays the required tone that the story should be told in. On Matt Smith's performance: I've never seen Doctor Who (atleast since it was rebooted 10 odd years ago) so I didn't really have any pre conceived notions of what he would bring to the role. The route that he's gone down is to try and be as straight laced and monotone as possible. Whilst I can see why this has been done, to try and show Patrick as a vacuous entity I don't think it really works. The scary/chilling thing about Patrick the character was that he had the front of a normal person who would then switch to a maniac making you wonder about other people you know, this is not really achieved by acting like a robot. The rest of the cast, in particular the dancers are very good, and the singing was also to be aplauded particularly on the 80's classics which are incorporated well into the story. Overall this is an interesting premise that just seems to have rubbed me up the wrong way by becoming too camp and straying too much from the source. I'm sure it'll be a hit, but probably not for Easton Ellis purists.


This is an amazing show, with a great cast and a wonderfully inventive staging. Matt Smith does a great job with a part that makes him really look like an alien, much more than his Doctor Who persona. I was blown away!

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I absolutely loved this. Matt Smith is magnificent, the book is hysterical laugh-out-loud, the score is the perfect mix of neo-goth electro and pop and the direction by Rupert Goold keeps clarity and action to the fore, temperamental revolves aside. I wished I had nabbed more tickets for later in the now sold-out run, but I’ll satisfy myself with memories of Smith and the rest of the faultless cast in the Tunnel Club bad-eighties dancing to the Christmas number one from 32 years ago. Full review here

David Spence

hallo - I cannot for the life of me get your online booking system to work. I'd like 4 tickets (me OAP and disabled, my wife who is 'normal', my two sons, schoolboy and student) for Ghosts on the evening of 15th October. sincerely David Spence