FEATURED SHOW: The Ungrateful Biped at the White Bear Theatre, ★★★★ reviews are in!

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Less than a week left to see the world premiere of The Ungrateful Biped, which marks actor Rupert Graves’ directorial debut. Have you booked yet? This modern take on Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground, written and performed by Philip Goodhew, is at London’s White Bear Theatre until Saturday 17 February 2018 only. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes below… 

Fyodor Dostoyevsky created the underground Man in 1864. In doing so, he created one of the most paradoxical, self-lacerating and mesmerising characters in literature; the first existentialist anti-hero. Goodhew has relocated the story and the misanthropic character to modern London.

Question: “what does a civilised man drivel on about with most satisfaction?” Answer: “himself”.

Immured in a horrid basement flat in the hinterlands of London, an anonymous Man (Philip Goodhew) creates a video blog. Haunted by disturbing memories and nurturing an abiding malice towards all humanity, including himself, he embarks on a forensic analysis of his “underground soul”.

Sick, spiteful, and ugly, yet convinced of his own genius, he is tormented by the belief that his intelligence is a disease which, in an irrational world, renders him less valuable than an insect. Bitter, alienated and crippled with inertia, the Man shamelessly revels in the depths of degradation he has plumbed in order to validate his existence and demands the right to screw up his life as he sees fit. After all, is he really any different to the rest of us?

The Ungrateful Biped runs at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 from Tuesday 30 January to Saturday 17 February 2018, with a press night on 2 February. Performances are Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm, with tickets priced £16 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE.


Review highlights

London Theatre 1 - ★★★★
London Theatre 1 – ★★★★
Chris Omaweng: “Goodhew’s acting is consistently excellent and convincing throughout, portraying the character as uncompromisingly difficult. As with the book, the show ends abruptly – all things considered, this is an impassioned and intense production.”
London Pub Theatres - ★★★★
London Pub Theatres – ★★★★
Sian Rowland: “Goodhew has the audience in the palm of his hand throughout. His writing is brave and uncompromising, and under Graves’ direction, avoids any heavy-handed metaphors. Apart from the cracking writing, Goodhew is also a veteran and astonishing actor and his performance is confident and nuanced.”
Theatre Weekly - ★★★★
Theatre Weekly – ★★★★
Greg Stewart: “Goodhew has managed to stick very closely to the original work, but at the same time make it feel like an entirely new piece of writing… [His] strong writing and exceptional performance make The Ungrateful Biped a compelling watch.
Broadway World
Broadway World
Gary Naylor: “The laughs start to come, initially a little guiltily for sure, but then the absurdities of the world take a grip on the narrative and we can laugh along with our man’s misanthropy because, well, he’s got a point you know… As a comedy of darkest hue, this one-man play works well.”
The Upcoming
The Upcoming
Cristiana Ferrauti: “The script is one of the most striking and beautiful elements of this production… Philip Goodhew injects an unparalleled energy into his character. Moody and melodramatic, the actor presents a tormented personality, a man deep in his thoughts and sophisticated in his lunacy. Rupert Graves brilliantly rises to the challenge of his directing debut, with 90 minutes of profound human analysis that passes almost in an instant.”
West End Wilma
West End Wilma
Lisa Theresa Downey-Dent: “Goodhew manages to capture the attention of the audience throughout. The pacing and balancing of this adaptation is especially well done.”
The Stage
The Stage
Dave Hollander: “[Director Rupert] Graves’ choice of such a visceral piece results in a convincingly in-yer-face – even bracing – show.”
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