Officially opening the newly named theatre, can this  new production based on Joseph Moncure March’s poem excite critics? 

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Frances Ruffelle (c) Fern Berresford. 

The Guardian: ** “a musical that becomes monotonous in its unrelenting intensity.”

Evening Standard: **** “what The Wild Party lacks in story it abundantly makes up for in other departments. Sassily directed by Drew McOnie, it’s packed with bold choreography.”

WhatsOnStage: *** “Not a revelatory show, or a musical that feels desperately urgent, but The Wild Party is nevertheless a fizzing way to toast this new venture.”

The Stage:  ****”The show is driven by ecstatic, elastic movement from director/choreographer Drew McOnie that perfectly complements its restless, relentless narrative journey.”

Radio Times: **** “This deliciously decadent jazz-age musical is a perfect fit for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new London venue.”

London Theatre.co.uk: **** “This is a party well worth gate-crashing if you can’t get a personal invite.”

Broadway World: *** “The Wild Party crackles with exuberance and danger and brings a touch of the Grand Guignol to a genre often accused of being overly happy-clappy, but its sprawling book and cookie-cutter characters left me preferring a gin and tonic in the kitchen.”

London Theatre1: **** “All told, if you like your party to be wild, carefree and hang all consequences then this is the show for you.”

The Times: ** “The main problem is that, once the party gets started, it just goes on and on.”

West End Wilma: **** “Boasting incredible star power, The Wild Party combines enough glitz and glamour to give The Other Palace a fantastic opening.”

Culture Whisper: *** “The party might be wild, but you don’t find yourself wanting to join in.”

Time Out: *** “There’s a ton of energy pouring out of this production, but somehow it never feels as feverishly grotesque as the world of this show demands.”

Musical Theatre Review: **** “while the story of The Wild Party is somewhat lacking, McOnie and his designer Soutra Gilmour ensure it is never less than compelling to look at.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “Everyone is good, that goes without saying, and it looks a treat, but McOnie needs to be wary of letting style rule over substance.”

Broadway Baby: **** “The Wild Party is a feast for the eyes, even if it isn’t much of one for the brain.”

The FT: *** “it’s a more than respectable middle-scale staging of a Broadway musical which has yet to make it to the West End proper.”

Live Theatre UK: *** “This version of The Wild Party is neither particularly wild nor much of a party. There is a lot of real talent involved but curious choices tend to rob that talent of the chance to shine.”

The Wild Party will play at The Other Palace Theatre  until the 1st April 2017. To book tickets visit Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk

 

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