The Motherf**ker with the Hat

National Theatre

The Motherf**ker with the Hat

10 Jun 2015 - 07 Jul 2015

£15.00 - £50.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
2 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

Things are looking up for Jackie.

He’s out of jail and staying clean thanks to his sponsor. He might even have found a job.

And of course there’s Veronica, who he’s loved since 8th grade. Nothing could come between them – except a hat.


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“The dialogue is natural, rich, smart and frequently hilarious... Hugely engaging story... Splendid performances. ”

West End Whingers

“One of the funniest, most touching, most honestly moral things you’ll see... A deep beating heart that accepts flaws and failure”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Roller-coaster of colourful, bubbling language... Blast of a play, superbly presented... The acting is first-rate... A triumph. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“A sobering play about trying to stay sober from addictions leaves the audience on a non-drug high. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Adly Guirgis’s careening comedy about love and addiction is really something to shout about... Raucous yet precise-tooled. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Combining sex-farce and high seriousness, it also has an exhilarating dash and bravura... Both funny and profound... Astonishing”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Adly Guirgis entertains first and foremost. His excellent cast have plenty to play with... Chavira is unshowily excellent. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Dark comedy of modern urban manners... A New York “event”... but director Indhu Rubasingham makes it fit snugly in. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Rousing production irradiates every wrinkle of the action, switching on a dime’s edge from high comedy to desperation. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Blisteringly funny, raucously rude and unexpectedly tender play about love and addiction. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“A comedy about addiction and the trials of staying clean, that goes light on the worthy stuff, heavy on the outrageous zingers. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“The fact that they all swear like navvies in the same tone, denies us nuances of class that might sharpen the satire... Tiresome”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Relentlessly squalid... I struggle to find the spiritual resonance that others have found in Guirgis’s work. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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