Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Duke of York's Theatre

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

15 May 2017 - 02 Sep 2017

Pro reviewers rating
19 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

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A musical play about losing your virginity and finding yourself

Funny, sad and raucously rude, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is adapted from Alan Warner's brilliant novel about six girls on the cusp of change.

Young, lost and out-of-control, they’re hit by love, lust, and pregnancy and death over the course of a single day.

The 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Stage Ensemble Award-winner and NT hit transfers with most cast members reprising their roles.

Ages 18+ (Contains singing, sex and Sambuca.)

(Some reviews are from the NT)


“Delights with its onstage music and raucous lust for life... Exceptionally exhilarating... Powerful... Compelling... Wonderful. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“A heart of pure emotional gold. It is simultaneously the rudest, the most exuberant and the most touching show in the West End. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Big-hearted and enjoyably coarse... Excellent musical arrangements... Gutsy choreography... Appealing performances... Confident.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Rude, raucous and irresistible... Outrageously funny... You won't find a more exhilarating ensemble... Not to be missed. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Ebullient production... Excellent cast... and they sing superbly. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Joyous, moving... Swift-paced direction... The freshness and vigour of the young cast turn it into pure gold. ”

Jane Shilling (Telegraph)

“Fun and filthy torrent of songs, sex and swearing... The invention in Featherstone's production is huge... Excellent. ”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

“Exhilarating... odyssey of excess and self-discovery... An absolute blast, full of filth and fury, wit and wonder. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Triumphant West End transfer... While I love its raucous energy, some of the raw excitement... has been lost in transit.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, Express)

“Fizzingly vivacious, gloriously foul-mouthed... Joyous... An exhilarating blast of female agency... Six superb actresses.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Still a sweary, funny, brilliant breath of fresh air... a tremendous ensemble, with Dawn Sievewright particularly stand-out.”

Tom Wicker (Time Out, The Stage, Telegraph)

“Their fragility is almost as terrifying as their berserk behaviour... There is nothing like it on-stage at the moment.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“The inspired idea of Hall’s stage version is putting live music and singing at its very heart... The singing is sublime. ”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“Stoatin’ performances and a smokin’ live band... a high-energy kick... Cartoon-bright teenage girls. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“The cast are superb... They sing wonderfully... Over-stuffed with coarseness... it ultimately became a little exhausting. ”

West End Whingers

“Highly experimental... This sextet have the voices of angels... Saturated with expletives... Spirited troupe.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Lift Thine Eyes by Mendelssohn in perfect harmony. My, but it was lovely... Indeed, that was the highlight... Dated stereotypes.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Plot is replaced by banter... Extraordinarily authentic acting... Their singing is as pure as their speech is foul. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“I found its sweary, groin-thrusting humour terribly forced... Sung well... The girls are played with energy, Fishwick the best.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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