REVIEW ROUND-UP: Floyd Collins at Wilton’s Music Hall

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Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s award-winning musical is based on the true story of Floyd Collins, a cave explorer who dreamt of finding fame and fortune deep underground. This new production of Floyd Collins, directed by Jonathan Butterell, runs at Wilton’s Music Hall in London until 15 October 2016. What have critics been saying about it? 

The Guardian: ★★★ “Even if the show is uneasily torn between sentiment and satire, the score is well worth hearing.”

The Independent: ★★★ “Jonathan Butterell’s stunningly well-sung revival.”

The Stage: ★★★ “Jonathan Butterell’s unsettling, insinuating new production confirms it as one of the most thrilling and audacious American chamber musicals of recent times.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★ “leave the theatre strangely uplifted by this passionate, heartbreaking yet overwhelmingly positive display of the best in human nature. This is musical theatre in its finest and most refined form and is an unmissable treat.”

The Times: ★★ “The great sin of this musical is that it doesn’t engage at the start and the story always feels removed.”

City AM: ★★ “Despite a strong cast and clever staging, exceptionally poor pacing makes Adam Guettel’s musical – based on a true story – feel bloated.”

Broadway World: ★★★ “It’s rare that absolutely everything comes together as powerfully as it does in Floyd Collins but when the stars do all align, it makes for a truly magical evening.”

The Reviews Hub: 1/2 “Sadly some good performances and thoughtful staging cannot rescue a lacklustre production that just has nothing to say, but takes an awfully long time to say it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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