Young Marx

Bridge Theatre

Young Marx

18 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017

£15.00 - £65.00

Pro reviewers rating
16 reviews

3.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

A new comedy from the team behind One Man, Two Guvnors.


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“A delicious blend of braininess and bounce: a seriously clever comedy stuffed with cheeky anachronisms and shrewd truths.”

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

“Initially larky yet tinged with tragedy, and grounded in historical fact thought it takes some amusing liberties with the detail”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“This new venture gets off to a whizzing, witty start... A wily, fast-paced comedy... Kinnear: on glorious form.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Kinnear’s Marx, unrecognizably hirsute, does more physical stuff than you might expect of a towering economic philosopher.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Original, fresh, expansive and full of passion. I enjoyed every single second of it... Very funny indeed.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“The building is a five-star triumph... Bean never stops a gag getting in the way of a good story... Kinnear on up-Rory-ious form”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Feels alive both with truth and with reinvention... Kinnear: a comic, zestfully physical performance, with poignant touches.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“While Kinnear remains a lively and engaging presence, what’s missing is a sense of intellectual or emotional trajectory.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Pugnacious comedy... While the play is clearly designed to humanise Marx, it undersells his ferocious activism.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“While the domestic elements are well observed, the emotional engagement never quite gains traction. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“During his occasional moments of lucidity Kinnear get some rather inspiring speeches. But it’s essentially an apolitical romp.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Surprisingly un-special. The pedigree is impeccable... Baggy and directionless... It testifies to interest and intelligence.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Perfectly watchable... Frisky... Unsatisfyingly shallow... Kinnear is on sprightly form... The humour is Blackadderish.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Despite the belly laughs, the story lacks a dynamic momentum... Brisk production... Fast-moving, but over-complicated.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Bean and Coleman play fast and loose with history... Vivid... Its tone, however, is confused... Carroll is excellent as ever.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“One Man, 2 Guvs this is not... Kinnear as a youthful, impoverished and frankly annoying Karl Marx.”

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