Young Vic


12 May 2016 - 02 Jul 2016

£10.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

Christopher has been confined to a psychiatric ward for a month.  He wants out.  The problem is he still thinks oranges are blue.

His doctor, convinced he needs help, wants to section him.  The senior consultant thinks it’s all a question of culture: at home in Shepherd’s Bush Christopher will be amongst ‘people who think just like him’.  And besides, it costs taxpayer money to keep Christopher in care.

Race, ethics, sanity and prejudice collide in Joe Penhall’s exquisitely sharp state of the nation classic. 

A timely new production of the Olivier Award-winning play which premiered at the National Theatre in 2000


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“Thrilling and highly charged revival... Mesmerising play... here both intellectually inflammatory and emotionally satisfying. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Funny-perturbing... Haig is needle-sharp... Kaluuya... dances on the border between bloke next door and psycho... Unmissable. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Fierce and timely revival... The gladiatorial struggle between the two medics is electrifying... Bracingly charismatic Kaluuya. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“All credit to Xia and cast for making this sardonic comment on another time and place feel horribly and exuberantly timeless. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Xia’s production rightly allows the balance of sympathy to constantly shift and yields three tremendous performances. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A contemporary classic... Vibrant and punchily performed revival... Kaluuya's stunning... Sharply funny and provocative. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“The lunatics may not have taken over the asylum, but they have succeeded — in the best possible way — at the Young Vic. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Stimulating... Kaluuya and Norris are excellent and Haig magisterial, turning in a flash from affability to rage... A joy. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Hard to believe... Kaluuya as Christopher gives a performance of deft edginess, his eyes darting and wary. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Christopher so clearly needs help. Penhall's masterstroke is to press that home, and Kaluuya plays him without pity. ”

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

“Still compelling... Xia’s production elicits a memorable performance from Haig and an outstanding performance from Kaluuya. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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