Review Round Up: Floyd Collins, Wilton’s Music Hall

Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s award-winning musical is based on the true story of Floyd Collins, a cave explorer who dreamt of finding fame and fortune deep underground. But what have critics been saying about it? 

Floyd Collins

The Guardian: *** “Even if the show is uneasily torn beween sentiment and satire, the score is well worth hearing.”

WhatsOnStage: ** “Floyd Collins‘ saving grace is its rousing score, beautifully sung by an otherwise uneven cast. But it’s not enough to rescue the piece and by the latter stages of the performance I was left hoping someone would lower a rope and haul me out of my seat.”

The Independent: ***** “Jonathan Butterell’s stunningly well-sung revival.”

The Stage: ***** “Jonathan Butterell’s unsettling, insinuating new production confirms it as one of the most thrilling and audacious American chamber musicals of recent times.”

London ***** “leave the theatre strangely uplifted by this passionate, heartbreaking yet overwhelmingly positive display of the best in human nature. This is musical theatre in its finest and most refined form and is an unmissable treat.”

The Times: ** “The great sin of this musical is that it doesn’t engage at the start and the story always feels removed.”

City Am: ** “Despite a strong cast and clever staging, exceptionally poor pacing makes Adam Guettel’s musical – based on a true story – feel bloated.”

Broadway World: ***** “It’s rare that absolutely everything comes together as powerfully as it does in Floyd Collins but when the stars do all align, it makes for a truly magical evening.”

The Reviews Hub: * 1/2 “Sadly some good performances and thoughtful staging cannot rescue a lacklustre production that just has nothing to say, but takes an awfully long time to say it.”

Johnny Fox: *** “between the oddness of the lyrics and the mutilations of the sound system, most of it was impossible to decipher.”

Floyd Collins: The Musical will play at Wilton’s Music Hall until the 15th October. For more information and to book tickets visit:






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