Review Round Up: Limehouse, Donmar Warehouse

Here is what critics have been saying about the new play from Steve Waters, directed by Polly Findlay, starring by Tom Goodman-Hill and Roger Allam. 


The Stage: *** “Steve Waters’ intelligent and timely play of debate.”

The Guardian: *** “The play admirably brings to life a key moment in postwar politics while leaving you wondering why no one foresaw its inevitable failure.”

WhatsOnStage: *** “Polly Findlay directs at a brisk clip, but focusing on wavering moderates can mean that even the most barnstorming speeches aren’t always that thrilling.”

A Younger Theatre: “Expertly acted, Limehouse gorgeously captures the excitement of the time, and sense that something was about to change.”

The Telegraph: **** “the story of the SDP is one of political history’s most intriguing “what if’s”. Limehouse expertly adds to its mystique.”

Time Out: *** “it’s not a historical study, more a character study. To this end director Polly Findlay has assembled a crack cast who animate these big beasts of another era superbly.”

The Upcoming: ** “Limehouse will be enjoyed by those with a keen interest in political drama, but it is neither informative enough to be a historical account, nor dramatic enough to take off and make an impact.”

Evening Standard: **** “Polly Findlay’s sharp production.”

The Times: **** “the SDP has never been so funny”

Broadway World: **** “if the conversations are somewhat forced, the play leaps into life when the four politicians detail their positions as compromise is sought.”

West End Wilma: **** “Polly Findlay’s poignant production features some outstanding performances.”

London **** “the play isn’t just a feast of great acting, but also a provocative insiders’ guide to politics in the making.”

British Theatre Guide: “Anyone interested in British politics just over 35 years ago and the way in which it resonates today should race down to the Donmar to relish a really gripping drama.”

Culture Whisper: **** “It’s the play’s very subject matter – the black mirror this 1981 unrest holds up to the 2017 government – that makes Limehouse such a coup.”

The FT: ****”Polly Findlay’s production is deft but unshowy, letting the talking do the talking.”

The Daily Mail: ***** “Otherwise, this is a richly enjoyable evening, which reminds us nothing can match British party politics for farcical drama.”
Plays to See: *** “the play is aimed to a niche audience, most jokes being difficult to understand for those who aren’t familiar with the political landscape of the 1980s.”

Limehouse will continue to play at the Donmar Warehouse until the 15th April. For more information and to book tickets visit:





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