The Twits

Royal Court

The Twits

07 Apr 2015 - 31 May 2015

£12.00 - £35.00

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9 reviews

2.4 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

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Mr and Mrs Twit are not very nice. In fact they’re extremely nasty. They’re nasty to each other, and they’re VILE to everyone else.

They hold a family of monkeys hostage in a cage and force them to stand on their heads. ALL THE TIME.

We told you they weren’t very nice. Can the monkeys find a way to show those vicious Twits what for?

Mischievously adapted from Roald Dahl’s story, Enda Walsh turns The Twits upside down.

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“The second half’s exceptionally fun series of set pieces is a complete raucous delight... Some supreme surprises. ”

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

“A dark, strangely playful, often downright bizarre, reworking of Roald Dahl’s novel... Bloated and plodding in places. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“At its best when it opts for headily irrelevant absurdity... It is all very jolly, if a bit strenuous. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A mash up of the surreal, eerie, fanciful worlds of Dahl and Dame Enda [but] too padded out and frankly just not funny enough. ”

West End Whingers

“Walsh makes a barely digestible meal of the source material... Who’d have thought Dahl could be made so dull? ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Ill-paced production which uses Dahl as a playground for Walsh’s tedious political protest and finger-wagging moralising. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Walsh’s ‘mischievous adaptation’ (a euphemism for ‘wanton ideological rewrite’?) is over-complicated [and] dramatically inept. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“A crushingly unfunny vaudeville that is nothing like the essence of Dahl and nothing much like the authentic Enda Walsh, either.”

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

“Truly to stage a book an adaptation must depart from the original, even seem to betray it. But not clobber it to death. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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