Nice Fish

Harold Pinter Theatre

Nice Fish

15 Nov 2016 - 11 Feb 2017

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

3.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan.

It’s the end of the fishing season and on the frostbitten, unforgiving landscape, two old friends are out on the ice and they are angling for something big, something down there that is pure need, something that, had it the wherewithal, would swallow them whole.


To follow the work of anyone in this show, click a name and select Follow. Any new work will show up in your personalised Feed and Notifications.

“A weird but compelling opportunity to see the great actor onstage... Eccentric but exhilaratingly odd.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“A creased and ragged tale... It is deep, it is melancholy, it is hilarious, it is all human life and doubt and oddity.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Endearingly strange... Surreal comedy... Hangs together remarkably well... van Kampen’s production is amusing and well judged.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Bewitching and beautifully paced... Playfully on-the-nose and off-kilter; funny, with an undertow of lightly borne melancholy.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Quick bright scenes... Lichtsheidl as the competent fisherman is beautifully relaxed, impassive, lugubrious... A dreamscape.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Very little of their chat makes total sense, but it has a gentle, lapping skew-whiff comedy... A strange little watch.”

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

“Random meditations on life, love and death... its homespun whimsy reminded me of Garrison Keillor... Rylance is always watchable”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“An oddball meditation in which comedy meets soul-searching... Becomes increasingly surreal and occasionally profound.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“Curious new show... A very different kettle of fish.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Memorably offbeat designl, some nimble puppetry and plenty of affectionate humour.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“The crankiest show he’s ever been in... A patience-baiting tragicomedy... Glimmers of truth glide beneath the surface.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Rylance is of course compelling in performance, and as usual manages to convey the impression that his brilliance is effortless.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

Reviews (0)