Reviews: London Critics Weigh In On Rob Madge's My Son's A Queer, (But What Can You Do?) | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: London Critics Weigh In On Rob Madge's My Son's A Queer, (But What Can You Do?)

The autobiographical solo show plays the West End's Garrick Theatre after sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe and The Turbine Theatre.

Rob Madge in My Son's a Queer Mark Senior

Reviews are in for the West End run of Rob Madge's autobiographical show My Son's a Queer, (But What Can You Do?). Performances began October 21 at the Garrick Theatre for a run through November 6.

Beginning with Madge at age 12 as they attempt to create a full scale Disney parade in their house for their grandmother, My Son's a Queer tells the story of raising a queer child with all of its joys and chaos. It originally premiered at Off-West End's The Turbine Theatre in 2021 where it sold out, subsequently transferring to Edinburgh Fringe for another sold-out run.

Read the reviews here.

Broadway World (Alexander Cohen)

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

Gay Times (Chris Selman)

London Theatre (Matt Wolf)

London Theatre Reviews (Andrea Golinucci)

Telegraph (Marianka Swain)

Time Out (Tom Wicker)

The Times (Clive Davis)*

Whats On Stage (Daniella Harrison)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Director Luke Sheppard (& Juliet, In the Heights) helms the creative team comprising composer Pippa Cleary, orchestrator Simon Nathan, designer Ryan Dawson Laight, mixer Chris Fry, projection designer George Reeve, and video engineer Neil McDowell Smith.

READ: Playbill Talks Rob Madge's My Son's A Queer and More on Playbill Goes Fringe Live Blog

Theatre music label Westway has also released the original cast recording for My Son's a Queer, (But What Can You Do?). Physical copies of the album feature bonus tracks and additional material.

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