The Verdict: London Critics Diverge on Broadway Comedy Hand to God | Playbill

The Verdict The Verdict: London Critics Diverge on Broadway Comedy Hand to God The critically acclaimed Broadway comedy Hand to God opened Feb. 15 at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre with an all-British cast. Reviews from members of the British press are now in.

The original Tony-nominated director of the Broadway (and its prior Off-Broadway incarnation) Moritz von Stuelpnagel directed a new English company in Robert Askins' Tony-nominated play. The cast comprises Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Harry Melling, Jemina Rooper and Kevin Mains. It is produced in London by original Broadway producer Kevin McCollum joined by new U.K. partner Nica Burns.

The play is described in press materials as a semi-autobiographical story featuring one dead father, one messed up family, one girl who just wants to help, one school bully who always gets his own way, one man of the church offering comfort. And one hand puppet called Tyrone who is completely out of control.

Read the reviews below:

The Evening Standard

Financial Times

The Guardian

The Stage


In a press statement, McCollum previously commented, "After enjoying a wonderful journey in New York from a small 70-seat theater to Broadway, we are beyond thrilled to bring Hand to God to the West End. There is a great appreciation of new original plays in London and so we could not be more excited to introduce playwright Rob Askins and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel to British audiences. Also, we could not be more fortunate to be working with a cast of such incredibly talented West End regulars to bring this show to life."

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