Twelve Angry Men

Theatre

West End

Garrick Theatre

Until Sat Jun 14

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

  • © Francis Loney

    'Twelve Angry Men'

© Francis Loney

'Twelve Angry Men'

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Tabitha G

Having seen and loved the film, this production had a lot to live up to. And I am delighted that it succeeded. It is not especially exciting and it isn't particularly good to look at, but those things simply aren't the point. This play is all about what these characters have to say, and the actors do an excellent job of bringing those words to life. The question facing these jurors - and of course being set in 1957, they are all white men - is was this young black man guilty of the murder he is accused of. All but one say he is, with just that lone dissenter suggesting that just perhaps, the case is not beyond reasonable doubt, and pushing the rest to look that bit deeper. It doesn't matter that we don't have the benefit of knowing whether the man is guilty or even of having heard the evidence. In fact it is better that way, because the power of this story is hearing the assumptions and prejudices of these twelve men play out in front of us. The only thing that I didn't like about this play, was the disturbing knowledge that had it been set in the present, the make up of the jury might have been different, but much of the dialogue could have remained unchanged, as sadly many of those very same prejudices are still in evidence today. Perhaps that makes this script even more powerful now than it was in 1957.

David F

This play was good (though not great). The limitation being, that with 12 bodies on the stage throughout, inevitably the dialogue becomes truncated and heavy on superficiality and light on nuanced story-development. To build a meaningful rapport, an intimacy of conversation would invariably result in 10 other people standing moronically around in a state of stasis... Thus, to keep things moving, the director allocated short outbursts of speech from everyone that meant we never really bonded with any of them too profoundly. Plus, we, the audience, know nothing about the accused save for what we’re explicitly told in one of these pre-bundled plot advancements. This means that we actually do not really care (above and beyond the glue of humanity) whether the murder-suspect is guilty, or not. We have no emotions or additional knowledge from which we “want” him to be found innocent, or indeed guilty. So, it becomes little more than a theoretical argument about the morality of the death penalty – probably best done stripped of contentiously specific case material! But, that said, it was engaging enough – though, thanks to the above structural constraints, somewhat short of “intelliegent”.... And, for all the feigned talk of sweltering heat within this moral crucible, surely it would not have been beyond the director’s wit to have the shirts the men were wearing artificially stained with ebulliently obvious sweat marks etc?! This lackadaisical approach permeates much of the production.

Alexis

A good adaptation of the film, bringing home the point that our own prejudices and impatience could easily destroy the destiny of others if left unchecked. It would've been more interesting to have set it in a 21st Century London whilst retaining the same level of racism as this is still what lingers, albeit institutionally and covertly in modern day Britain.

Michelle

Excellent play.... I've not been to the theatre for many years, it was extremely refreshing to see a live performance. Very good characters, funny in parts. Would definitely recommend!