West End


Apollo Shaftesbury

Until Sat Jan 14 2012

Professor (Alan David) and Johnny Rooster Bryon (Mark Rylance) in Jerusalem, photo Simon Annand.jpg

Professor (Alan David) and Johnny Rooster Bryon (Mark Rylance) © Simon Annand

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john o sullivan

Class porn for the blue rinses...famous Shakesperian actor limps round stage shouting C***... wow theatre doesnt get better than this ..typical Royal Court fayre ..well acted and badly written


absolute rubbish, incoherent drivel with cliched jokes and weird glorification of an anti-bureaucratic drug dealer


I normally hate theatre, but I absolutely loved this. Mark Rylance performance is Amazing!


Absolute rubbish don't be fooled by fantastic reviews !!! Never seen anything like it! Left half way through.


Just the best play ever! Mark Rylance simply brilliant - an even better performance than in Boeing boeing which was amazing. How he does this for over 3 hours 8 times a week is beyond belief!! Hilarious to start with the play gets cleverly dark as it progresses. A standing ovation is obviously the norm here. We are going to see it again after buying the script at the Apollo.


the audience seemed so excited to see the play that they burst into fits of hysterical laughter at every opportunity, and a few times at moments which clearly were not meant to be funny, which was a shame. amazing central performance.


@Tim Did you really see it or are you just havinga good troll? I can understand why some people might not enjoy it, but given the generally rapturous response it's received in the West End and Broadway, the description of an entire audience not enjoying it sounds a bit fishy. In any case the characters certainly aren't heroes, apart from Rooster, in his own ambivalent way.


I saw this a year ago. It was the worst and most boring play I have ever seen. The characters portray themselves as heroes but are in fact a bunch of pathetic idiots. The acting was loud, even brazen, but not clever. What exactly the play is trying to portray, if anything, I have no idea. From start to finish neither I nor the rest of the audience found much to laugh about or enjoy.