23 Feb 2015 - 04 Apr 2015

£16.00 - £30.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

In a housing crisis, a young couple are offered a home of their own. But at what price?

Invasive and unnerving, the World Premiere of Mike Bartlett’s provocative play invites us to spy on a family as they explore a dangerous new way to live. Audiences will see the Almeida auditorium radically transformed for an unnervingly intimate viewing experience. Runs for approximately 1 hour with no interval. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Contains nudity, startling noises and acts some people may consider violent.


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“Powerful and pertinent fable for our times... The audience become, if not active participants, compromised voyeurs. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“A short, sharp, satirically pulse-quickening evening. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“It's one of the oddest rewrites of the contract between performance and audience I've seen... an interesting challenge. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Nothing physically gruesome: just morally. It’s shock treatment, but Bartlett’s j’accuse says necessary things. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“‘Game’ is a stimulating and mostly successful experiment, its chutzpah as exhilarating as its message is depressing. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“The audience is made reluctantly complicit... The desire to get away is...a warped tribute to the show’s claustrophobic power. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“It is all done with fiendish cleverness [but] the play offers more in the way of visceral thrills than genuine moral inquiry. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“While Game is a substantial technical achievement, the premise does not feel boldly original. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Gives us big ideas that intrigue at first but fail to develop into something fully satisfying. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Technically complex production of an unsatisfying play. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Bartlett may have a point [but] character and humanity are neglected while our attention keeps being grabbed by gimmickry. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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