Review Round Up: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Southwark Playhouse

Love London Love culture rounds up the reviews for this brand new musical based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

(c)Jethro Compton Productions

The Guardian: *** “What brings this production to life is the inspired staging and the remarkable performances. The tight five-person cast – James Marlowe, Matt Burns, Rosalind Ford, Joey Hickman and Philippa Hogg – do everything between them.”

WhatsOnStage: ***** “This is the kind of all-too-rare night that reminds you why you fell in love with theatre in the first place. Playful but intensely moving, haunting yet fast-paced, it’s a little piece of magic.”

The Times: ** “A crack cast of five young actor-musicians deliver a lively and virtuosic performance. It left me unmoved, though.”

British *** “There are some well integrated musical interludes, but the bulk of the score gives us a string of tunes played and sung by the five actor-musicians that could easily have a polite smattering of applause to show our appreciation of them, before slipping out to order more drinks from the bar.”

The Telegraph: **** “We’re none of us getting any younger. Except, of course, Benjamin Button. The brain-child of F Scott Fitzgerald – first coming into the world in a 1922 magazine short-story – Button is the freak of nature who goes against the flow of human existence, born old, steadily shedding his wrinkles and infirmities, and winding up in a crib, oblivious.”

LondonTheatre1: **** “the actor-musicianship, melodies and harmonies are exquisite and flawless, and the cast give it their all throughout the evening.”

The Upcoming: ***** ” There was laughter. There were tears. Mostly, though, there was a sense of enchantment and as the house lights came up, a shared realisation among the audience that what we had seen was something special, beautiful and unique.”

The Reviews Hub: ***** “Jethro Compton and Darren Clark have, along with their collaborators, created something filled with actual magic – forget Brad Pitt, this retelling achieves greatness by becoming so much more than the original material.”

The Spy in the Stalls: ***** “This is quite a sensational piece of musical theatre that takes a curious tale and adds its very own eccentricities.”

Musical Theatre Review: ***** “this gorgeous new piece of British writing is a must-see – a magical, heart-rending show that will renew your faith in the power of musical theatre to whisk you away on an amazing journey through time and space. Do not miss it.”

Musical Theatre Musings: ***** “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a show that delivers on every single level and one that deserves to be seen. The show focuses on moments in life and watching this show is a moment in my life I won’t forget in a hurry.”

The Live Review: “left the theatre feeling a sense of purpose; that life shouldn’t be taken for granted.”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button continues to play at the Southwark Playhouse until the 8th June.

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