Review Round Up: Whisper House, The Other Palace

The Other Palace is showcasing this ghostly musical, composed by Duncan Sheik, starring Simon Lipkin, Niamh Perry and Simon Bailey. But what have critics been making of it? 

Whisper House

WhatsOnStage: **** “This captivating, grimly rollicking house is well worth a visit. It deserves to be a great big hit.”

The Stage: **** “darkly riveting new production.”

Broadway World: *** “A missed opportunity, but a curio worth seeing for those interested in how book, music and lyrics must come together if a show is to achieve its potential – and the price to be paid if they don’t!”

The Guardian: ** “Adam Lenson’s production sometimes feels more semi-staged than fully fledged, and the unnecessary interval cuts the tension and saps momentum.”

London Theatre1:*** “This is a fairly intriguing and thoughtful production.”

West End Wilma: **** “Whisper House offers a wonderfully talented cast, combined with a truly original rock score and beautiful story.”

The Times: ** “This misshapen offering from the composer behind American Psycho — The Musical has a few nice tunes and no dramatic impetus.”

A Younger Theatre: “Whisper House makes for an uneasy transition from album to stage.”

London Theatre.co.uk: **** “Its a disturbing story, and it is given a textured, reverberating musical score that perfectly embodies the strangeness and mystery of the scenario.”

The Upcoming: *** “It isn’t the subversive parable it wants to be, but a stellar cast and solid creative team help make this production a likeable one.”

Everything Theatre: ** “everyone involved in the production is obviously doing their best. It’s just a shame that the script is so bland and the music so uninspired.”

British Theatre.com: *** “Overall, it’s an interesting experiment, a novel departure from the ‘norms’ of musical theatre. If it doesn’t quite fulfill its ambitions, well, that’s not the worse thing in the world, is it?”

The Telegraph: *** “In essence, it’s a song-cycle with narrative nobs on.”

Evening Standard: ** “Whisper House isn’t the chillingly spooky piece it promises to be. Instead it feels slight and sluggish.”

Time Out: ** “Despite occasional glimpses of what could be a really interesting and original chamber piece, in the end ‘Whisper House’ is not a show worth shouting about.”

The Gay UK: **It’s a weak storyline and an inadequate framework for the equally dull songs.”

Musical Theatre Review: ** “when viewed as a whole, it feels as if the accomplished band (under the musical direction of Daniel A Weiss) and cast should have been deployed on some genuinely new musical theatre, instead of a revival of a piece best left undisturbed.”

Theatre Weekly: **** “Whisper House is a beautifully written musical with a superb score that looks great the way it’s been staged.”

West End Theatre Guide: **** “Whisper House is subtly spine-chilling with a sinister atmosphere that thrills as the darkest secrets surrounding the lighthouse reveal themselves.”

Whisper House continues to play at The Other Palace until the 27th May. To book tickets visit: Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com, UK Tickets.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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