Terry Johnson’s Ken pays homage to one of theatre’s strangest eccentrics, the irrepressible fringe favourite, director, writer, actor and prankster, Ken Campbell, aided by an outstanding turn from Jeremy Stockwell as the comic genius.
Terry Johnson’s Ken has transferred from the Hampstead Theatre (following a sell-out 2016 run) for a limited time, starring Jeremy Stockwell alongside the writer, and marking the beginning of the venue’s 2018 spring season.
This warm-hearted tribute to Ken Campbell offers a good dose of nostalgia for those who remember his work – but can feel slightly self-indulgent towards the end.
Terry Johnson’s Ken serves as a nice introduction to Ken Campbell or for those that knew him it’s a reminder of the impact his work had on many performers, writers and directors, but he deserves a better tribute that is as risky and daring as he was.
Ken at The Bunker is a deliciously funny show, but it’s not all slapstick and close-to-the-bone sex jokes, Terry Johnson’s story about Ken Campbell is laden with spirit, chaos and love for theatre and the people that inhabit it.
What makes KEN really work is the feeling that we have been granted a genuine glimpse of the real Ken Campbell, a rare insight into why he mattered. Johnson’s play at The Bunker does not just tell us that he was special, he convinces us.
Lots & lots of shows have their first performances in London and across the country this month, including new productions of Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.
The Bunker’s Spring 2018 season sees the venue truly celebrate its place as a playground for ambitious artists and adventurous audiences, just over a year after it first opened its doors. The bold season, including works by Terry Johnson and Izzy Tennyson, highlights the venue’s commitment to work with exciting playwrights, both established and emerging.