Review Round Up: All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical , Arts Theatre

The musical  based on the story of the Small Faces, arrives in the West End for a limited run. Here’s what critics had to say about it…

All Or Nothing Poster (no graphics)In 1965, a new phenomenon erupted out of London’s East End.  It was the essence of all that was cool.  It was Mod.  ALL OR NOTHING follows the rise and demise of the Small Faces, the band who encapsulated all that was Mod – a unique blend of taste and testosterone, clothes-obsessed and street-wise – but most of all, a dedication to rhythm ‘n’ blues.  The musical celebrates the unique sound of this iconic Mod band, with all the Small Faces’ hits, including Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes the Nice, Itchycoo Park and, of course, All or Nothing.

Broadway World: **** “There are no gimmicks or cheap tricks involved in this production. It has genuine authenticity behind every moment, and the show messes with most conventions of a stereotypical musical.”

WhatsOnStage: *** “In the end it lies somewhere between all, and nothing, but the sheer brilliance of the Small Faces’ compositions keeps the show alive.”

The Reviews Hub: **** “while you may not be a Mod when you enter the theatre, you’ll definitely come out as one, singing along to All or Nothing or Itchycoo Park. We are the Mods!”

British Theatre Guide: “The weakness of this production lies in a book that has a tendency towards being pedestrian and clichéd, seeking cheap laughs whenever the opportunity arises and never convincing viewers that they are watching history re-enacted on stage.”

West End Wilma: ** “If you’re a fan of The Small Faces, you’ll love the music, but as a two and a half hour piece of theatre, this just doesn’t really work.”

The Upcoming: ***** “At times, it feels more like a movie, and the audience’s reaction underlined how this musical will not only make a special connection with those revisiting the mod times, but anyone encountering the era for the first time. All or Nothing is the coolest musical on Earth, classy and comedic, and the music a revelation.”

All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical will play at the Arts Theatre until the 11th March. To book tickets click here or visit:, See, Encore Tickets, Last, Love and Theatre Tickets


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