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    Important information

    Child policy
    Running time
    1 hr 30 mins
    Performance dates
    3 - 7 May 2017
    Under 5s are not admitted to this event.
    Special notice

    Post show talk: Thursday 4 May. Sadler's Wells' Artistic Director Alistair Spalding in discussion with James Thierrée. BSL interpreted. Free to same day ticket holders. Audio Described Performance: Sunday 7 May at 4pm.

    Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierrée — The Toad Knew Customer Reviews

    1 / 5 (1 customer reviews)

    Stella Bouchouna

    7 May 17

    Honestly I found the show to be senseless, repetitive and as a consequence of that extremely boring. I was debating whether to leave or not after the first fifteen minutes. The dancing was interesting at first but moving about like an electrocuted orangutan got tiring quickly. Also how many times can you make the same jokes and expect people to laugh? Shoe cleaning on a doormat, things getting stuck on you, things getting thrown, a misbehaving piano, a chase with a getaway under the legs, trying to move something immovable only to manage it but then not realise it...James tries but simply can't escape his grandfather's shadow, also throwing in a little Mr. Bean to please British crowds. The stage setting was impressive at first but up until the last five minutes where for whatever reason a giant floating frog appears, it didn't change one bit, contributing to the boring aspect. The lady in red singing had a lovely voice, but the songs themselves had the eloquence and meaningfulness of nursery rhymes. Children in a playground could come up with these, not memorable at all. Not sure if the "right" people will ever read is, but perhaps it will do them good. In any case, negative feedback is more constructive than praise. James and team, you can do so much better.

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