Top Girls

West End


Trafalgar Studios

Until Sat Oct 29 2011


Top Girls

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Dull, over acted, cliche ridden, implausible, unintelligent and thoroughly confused...unbelievably described as humorous. Feeble attempts to relate the role of women in a Thatcher's 80' power, punch or story. Bears no relation to the 80's or Thatcher or the role of women with no familiarity with anything that I remember.


Wonderful, funny, thought provoking play, with brilliant acting. I'd thoroughly recommend it.


An amzaing play. Brilliantly written and directed. A real gem!


Good acting. The operatic technique of more than one person speaking at he same time was impressive as were some of the speech patters, howvever the story lacked any real depth with the exception of the last act and in particular the heated engagement between the two contrasted sisters.


I saw this play last night and loved it. It is still so relevant today. Top class acting, great dialogue, lots to think about. This is such a great play in so many ways, and this production of it is excellent. I might go and see it again actually!


Miranda, thou doth seem touched. The play's the thing. It is indeed worthy in its ambition, but should have remained remaindered.Good actors wasted on a corpse. We must agree to differ on what is a great night out - if it has to be endured. A joy it was not.

Miranda Grell

I went to see Top Girls last night and thought it was absolutely brilliant. So many issues to think about all in one. The first Act was not just about women making idle chitter chatter but had a serious underlying point to make about how badly many of these women (and women in general) have been treated - having their children stolen away, etc. Acts two and three were even better. Suranne Jones was superb and it really made the audience think about the contradictions women faced (and still face) in the 80s. Compassion or success? Family or career? All the wonderful actors had magnificent presence and were a joy to watch. This play was worth every penny of the ticket price.


Andrej, if this is the best thing you have seen this year, they are clearly not paying you enough...the acting was not experimental or weird it was simply poor. the direction was limp and stuttering and you most certainly oversold it. The money was the least of my worries...we had scoured the reviews for a great night out to treat my daughter and her boyfriend. Your over excitement at a mediocre revival of a trivial bit of pap merely left me disconcerted at what constitutes a great night out in the West End. Ken Tynan must be spinning in his proverbial. Just up your standards dear boy and do us all a favour.


@Dicko It's a shame you spent the full whack when there are some pretty hefty offers on at the moment (probably a sign that the show is a hard sell, regardless of reviews), but yes, I think it's fair to say 'Top Girls' isn't for everyone - there were several walk outs when I saw it. It's one of those plays that's acquired a towering reputation but is always going to remain too fundamentally experimental/weird for a lot of people. Which is not to suggest there's anything wrong with not liking it - in a way I'm not sure how good a fit it really is on the West End, as opposed to one of the subsidised theatres. But there's not a conspiracy of theatre critics out there - bar 'London Road' this is the best thing I've seen this year.


What show were you reviewing? We shelled out our £57 including booking fee and then baked in 80s temperatures as Max Stafford Clarke lazily revived a wooden, disjointed, banal set of self-conscious tableaux which wasn't much cop in the 80s and now is just a rip off. How TO, Standard and Guardian all seem to have been suckered into thinking this puppetry still has resonance defies belief. we felt cheated and walked after act Three. you had your chance Caryl. if I don't care what happens to anyone by Act 4 it's a FAIL....