Gross und Klein (Big and Small)

West End


Barbican Centre

Until Sun Apr 29 2012


Gross Und Klein © Lisa Tomasetti

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To those who are kicking themselves for missing this - don't worry. Yes, she's great and I suppose I'm still glad I forked out £65 to see her live. However the play is awful - surreal, but in a bad way. It ended up being the most expensive theatre snooze I've ever had.


A measured review, I particularly agree with the comments about CB, but if you're anyone who's ever experienced that feeling of trying to be in the party when you are not in it, or the person who sits in their house lonely on a Saturday night when everyone is at the party, then this play captures that aching moment. Cate Blanchett's realisation of the feeling of separation is exquisite! Otherwise, it's got enough to engage those of you who are more robust. "I'll leave now"

Elle H

A brilliant play. Cate Blanchett is truly superb. If you laugh at life's absurdity, like the existential philosophers, giggle at bathos or notice the sublime segueing into the ridiculous you will love this play and understand every element as if it was speaking to you from a secret corner of your subconscious! It even pokes fun at class and social norms which is refreshing if you are one of those who feels even more alienated than the run of the mill alienation that is fashionable these days. Go see it!


A lovely piece of work. Brilliantly designed & acted throughout. It was like a modern day Alice in Wonderland, surreal yet beautiful, which also describes perfectly the on-stage presence of CB: her Lotte has a comical child-like curiosity mixed with miseries of modern womanhood. Her famous goddess-like star image will not for one second distract you away from seeing her merely as Lotte the broken woman. Altogether 'A-MA-ZING' (loved how she repeatedly says this!), you will not regret the ticket price.


Exceptional performance by CB in a work which if you didn't know better you'd say was by Samuel Beckett ....somewhat surreal and haunting