Having begun as a 10 minute poetry duet in 2010, Katie Bonna and Richard Marsh’s has been developed into a play about the modern difficulties of dating. But does it charm the critics? 

The Stage: *** “Dirty Great Love Story is packed with unexpected rhymes and deft comic imagery. These are the best, most inventive element of a feel-good show that beats a well-worn path.”

A Younger Theatre: “Somewhere between Shakespeare and Richard Curtis, Dirty Great Love Story is a 2017 fairy tale that will leave you swooning, warts and all.”

The Guardian: *** “the ideal show for couples on an apprehensive first date.”

British Theatre.com:**** “boasts slick imaginative storytelling and, above all, innovative and intelligent writing.”

WhatsOnStage: ** “there’s nothing beneath the surface here: no deeper ideas about the tightrope of love, no interrogation of the pressure to pair up.”

Radio Times: **** “Dirty Great Love Story is short but perfectly formed: hilarious, poignant, superbly constructed and beautifully played.”

Love London Love Culture: ***** “Dirty Great Love Story is a play that makes you fall in love with love all over again and leaves you with hope in your heart.”

London Theatre1: **** “it was ‘dirty’, yes, but I wouldn’t call it ‘great’. It is, however, highly entertaining and hugely likeable.”

Carn’s Theatre Passion: ***** “Go and see this play if you want a genuine giggle at life.”

London Theatre.co.uk: *** “It may not be the greatest or dirtiest love story in existence but it is affectionately played and provides some much needed January joy.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “Sure, there’s a knowingness to much of the writing but there’s also a great big twinkle in its eye that makes it impossible to resist.”

Everything Theatre: ***** ” Furtado’s direction resulted in a witty and fresh night out.”

Broadway World: **** “there’s plenty of genuinely insightful reflections on the ups and downs of dating.”

Theatre Bubble: *** “accomplished and enjoyable, full of recognizable love story tropes, but original enough to hold attention.”

Time Out: *** “This might be poetry, but it’s definitely not pretentious.”

The Reviews Hub: **** “Dirty Great Love Story isn’t always as laugh-out-loud hilarious as one might want a comedy to be but the writing is sharp and witty.”

Theatre Cat: “Bautiful, funny, eloquently original.”

The Upcoming: *** “the production remains enjoyable with genuine laughs; an ideal remedy to the January blues.”

British Theatre Guide: “the performers not only make Richard and Katie real but they play all the other characters encountered too—they’re great, you’ll see a lot of yourself or your friends in them.”

The Times: *** “There some laugh-out-loud moments in this boozy rom-com, but the plot is so thin it should have been invented by a scientist.”

Live Theatre: **** “Dirty Great Love Story is not just an evening of great humour.  It is a piece filled with great insight, superb acting, and many ‘laugh out loud’ moments shared by both sexes.”

Dirty Great Love Story continues to play at the Arts Theatre until the 18th March. To book tickets visit: Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk,Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk