Breeders

Comedy

Off-West End

St James Theatre

Until Sat Oct 4

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Angela Griffin (Caroline), Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea), Nicholas Burns (Jimmy)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Angela Griffin (Caroline), Nicholas Burns (Jimmy), Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea) and Jemima Rooper (Sharon)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Jemima Rooper (Sharon) and Nicholas Burns (Jimmy)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Jemima Rooper (Sharon), Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea), Nicholas Burns (Jimmy)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Nicholas Burns (Jimmy) and Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Nicholas Burns (Jimmy) and Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea) and Nicholas Burns (Jimmy)

  • Manuel Harlan

    Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea) and Nicholas Burns (Jimmy)

  • © Manuel Harlan

    Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea), Nicholas Burns (Jimmy), Angela Griffin (Caroline)

© Manuel Harlan

Angela Griffin (Caroline), Tamzin Outhwaite (Andrea), Nicholas Burns (Jimmy)

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Caroline L

Awful. No comic timing, Tamzin Outhwaite can't sing.. and the whole thing is mainly boring. Some good one-liners, but this is just plain dull. And would someone please tell Angela Griffin to project her voice more? I could barely hear her!

Sarah P

Good fun evening, superb acting, genuinely funny moments (and some poignant ones too). Great theatre venue too - modern and intimate. Highly recommend if you want to be entertained but want something a bit more than farce or 'light and fluffy.'

Guy M

Lots of fun. The production is sometimes a bit pantomimey (which is why it feels like sitting in on a sitcom) and that slightly undermines the seriousness of the more poignant scenes. But performances are all strong and I generally found it very enjoyable.

Marianne I v

Both my guest and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, on Tuesday evening; the play is well put together, extremely entertaining and interlaced with superb humour.

The (simple) set works well too.....

I certainly recommend this, very "modern", show!

The theatre itself (my first visit to this venue) has excellent visibility, though legroom is maybe a bit on the meagre side......and I am neither a big person, nor particularly tall.

Luckily I was suitably distracted by the goings-on on the stage :)

Nadia T

Utterly loveable! A perfect mix of childhood whimsy and grown-up intellect. With a backdrop of Swedish cover songs to boot. All four actors were superb, the stage was intimate enough for the audience to feel involved  in the characters drama's and exasperation's, and the script  had me laughing so much I cried. 

The Man on the Street

I am rather glad I got the opportunity to see this show through The Time Out Card ballot. One friend had raved about it, one was not keen and one was on the fence. Well, I enjoyed it. Big topics handled with a light touch and some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments. I am giving it 7 out of 10. I am also giving the theatre 9 out of 10. The St James shows other West End venues what a night out could and should feel like. Great bar scene with decent food. One usual downfall - The ice cream was more expensive per square inch than my house. 

Alison r

Breeders is an absolute joy.  It's written with genuine wit and huge warmth.  It reminded me of an early Alan Ayckbourne play ... but with more heart and optimism.  The cast are funny, endearing and truthful without ever being schmaltzy - all four of them are superb.  Tamzin Outwaite and Angela Griffin are the couple who decide that their marriage would be complete if they could have a baby. Nicholas Burns is the hapless brother who is chosen to provide the sperm and Jemima Rooper his girlfriend who agrees with this masterly plan.  What could possible go wrong?  LIfe, birth, death, IVF and human relationships are explored and provide laughter and tears.  Not to mention a standing ovation at the end which was well deserved, both for the cast and the writer.