The Brothers Size

Young Vic

The Brothers Size

19 Jan 2018 - 14 Feb 2018

£10.00 - £38.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

4.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

The African-American working class meets Yoruba mythology when the Brothers Size reconnect after a spell in prison.

Revival of this deeply moving fable about the rarely spoken bond between brothers. Ritual and reality intertwine in this award-winning debut play.


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“A production as magical and mysterious as its Yoruba mythology-soaked script... Fizzes and snaps... The acting is a gift.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“McCraney's... writing is ritualistic, oozing with culture, and contains within it an absolute truth... Leaves you winded.”

Alistair Wilkinson (Broadway World)

“A succinct snapshot... writing so taut and intense that it picks you up at the beginning and doesn't let you down until its end.”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Sheibani and his excellent cast draw out the elemental nature of the tale... [A] taut, compassionate fable of fraternal love.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Taut ten-year-anniversary revival... spare, ritual-tinged play... the emotions feel enormous: operatic and primal.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Combines urgently rhythmic dialogue with the lingering strangeness of a dream... McCraney writes sensitively.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“McCraney’s tender, big-hearted and poignant exploration of brotherhood

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Remains not quite like anything else... This production is pure theatre.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“It’s the physical presence of the actors and the lyrical tones of their patois that dominate... Incredibly stylish and wonderful”

Kaleem Aftab (Independent)

“Its movement, the apparent simplicity of Sheibani’s staging, the emphatic physicality of its three actors, is utterly theatrical”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Eloquent, exuberant... A poetic, hallucinatory quality... Spare, ritualistic production... Superb performances.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Quirky, charming, light-on-its-feet but also faintly lightweight drama... A sense of continent-crossing ritual is instilled.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

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