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Following two record-breaking, sold-out engagements, Bad Jews returns to the Arts Theatre in London for 11 weeks only!
Set over one night in a Manhattan apartment, a family’s younger generation battles it out to decide who is the most deserving of a precious heirloom passed down from their beloved grandfather. Would it be the bossy, overbearing and fanatical Daphna, her wealthy cousin Liam, his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, or Jonah, who would prefer not to get involved?
Bad Jews premiered in New York in 2012 before having two sold out West End engagements. Now the “shockingly good” (Independent) original West-End production returns to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited 11 weeks.
- Access Information
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Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
- Cancellation Policy
1. If you test positive for COVID-19, display symptoms, or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace you can exchange your tickets.
2. If the show is cancelled due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be offered a free exchange or refund.
3. If the show is going ahead and you are able to attend, there will be no exchange or refund available.
The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control.
110 minutes, no interval
- Suitable For Children
12 years old plus
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Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB
Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
Latest customer reviews
Quirky & entertaining
27 September 2022
This show starts very slowly. It's a very claustrophobic production set in one small room. The characters feel very one dimensional. You are never really introduced to the back stories of each character which leaves you filling in the blanks yourself. I think a lot of references would go over most peoples head. It is almost too deep and existential for it's own good. It was like Woody Allen and Neil Simon without the humour. It lacked something. It played on the stereotype of the archetypal New York Jew, but it's is neither endearing, nor realistic. The characters were like cardboard cutouts, especially Jonah. He barely lifted his head up the entire production. I felt I was staring down at the top of his long head of hair all night. It just felt awkward and like the author had forgotten to write any meaningful lines for him to say. My friend who isn't Jewish missed quite a few nuances of the play too. The character of Diana going by the Hebrew name "Daphna" was lost on her. She didn't understand the complex hypocrisy of this character. She missed most of the underlying humour. More background and setting out of the scenes and characters was needed. It just wasn't there. However, I still enjoyed it. It was an interesting subject to tackle and it really was written from the heart. It tried to combine comedy and tragedy which is always difficult. I would give it A++ for effort.
Sarah Hornsey Confirmed ticket purchaser
25 September 2022
Was not impressed with the play Thought it could have had a lot more substance Lot of screaming didn’t give a good impression of the young Jewish people of today Seats were diabolical hard bench type Back row of circle
Annon Confirmed ticket purchaser
Entertaining. Not too long. Funny and compelling.
24 September 2022
Excellent script and acting. No interval so not over long. Sone unnecessary bad language. Overall we enjoyed it a lot and recommend it.
Stephen Confirmed ticket purchaser
20 September 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed this play… slow start but then … the feuding begins making the characters of the cousins feel believable …Diana’s raging response to everything and her constant monologues are hysterical and I belly laughed through most of this play, however there were moments of sad pathos in relation to the papa’s experience of the holocaust.
Sharon Confirmed ticket purchaser
17 September 2022
Good theatre, cast and story well acted
Mr Kuldip Dhaliwal Confirmed ticket purchaser
14 September 2022
I have rarely seen a better show. The acting was totally believable and pure genius. It was ay times sad, funny and embarrassing but always entertaining. I've told as many people I know you go before the last performance on the 25th. Congratulations to everyone!!
Paula and Sandra Confirmed ticket purchaser
12 September 2022
We loved the play which covered tough topics that kept us discussing them long after the play had ended. We loved the characters and the actors' depiction of them. Highly recommend!
Nicola Schwartz Confirmed ticket purchaser
Funny and Sad
10 September 2022
A boisterous and yet poignant study of a new generation struggling to come to peace with the sacrifices of the past. Beautifully relevant to the global religious melting pot and to the striving for progress without losing a treasured heritage. And big satire on the use if things and objects to preserve the spiritual and elusive.
Jane Halliday Confirmed ticket purchaser
9 September 2022
PD Confirmed ticket purchaser
8 September 2022
It was intense, but clever.
Leah Confirmed ticket purchaser
People behaving badly
5 September 2022
Great performances Bit too real life right now for me to find most of it funny No interval?
Jane Brazier Confirmed ticket purchaser
2 September 2022
I found it funny and emotional and absolutely brilliant
Jackie Confirmed ticket purchaser
1 September 2022
Play was excellent.
Anonymous Confirmed ticket purchaser
Perfectly on Point
31 August 2022
The characterisation was exacting - addressed an interesting topic of what it means to be a modern Jew in the guise of a family saga - very funny
Deborah Exell Confirmed ticket purchaser
29 August 2022
Amazing acting, hilarious plot and lots of twists and turns
Ruby Confirmed ticket purchaser
27 August 2022
Fabulous show very funny, with bittersweet moments along the way.
Melanie Rumbak Confirmed ticket purchaser
A must see
10 August 2022
Well acted, humorous, poignant and touching enactment of a sensitive subject. I thoroughly enjoyed and the twist at the end was most surprising!
Stuart Boucher Confirmed ticket purchaser
4 August 2022
fast paced and very funny - the four actors are amazing
Em Confirmed ticket purchaser
4 August 2022
Heard about play last minute so decided to give it a go and wasn't disappointed. Maybe not one of the more well known shows but definitely worth a visit. Very funny and occasionally dark comedy. 90 minutes no break ,if thinking of a show to watch check it out.
Jo.c Confirmed ticket purchaser
31 July 2022
Very good story and actors.
Quiqie N Confirmed ticket purchaser
Close, but not quite excellent
31 July 2022
The acting was outstanding. To learn the monologues and diatribes was superb. As a reflection of a New York Jewish family in conversation it was just like being there. Frighteningly accurate. I just wish it could have been funnier.
Alex Confirmed ticket purchaser
30 July 2022
Play was very good had some funny bits in it. was a serious subject but made you laugh as well. I really enjoyed it .
barb Confirmed ticket purchaser
29 July 2022
Funny and thought provoking. Will be recommending to others.
Millie. Confirmed ticket purchaser
Bad Jews Not Bad
28 July 2022
I enjoyed Bad Jews. It was well acted and well staged. However, this is not a 'must see' show. The message could have been more powerfully drawn.
Ralph Confirmed ticket purchaser
A disappointing play
22 July 2022
I was expecting clever dialogue but instead was subjected to continual ranting and slanging match. The only character I had any sympathy with was the younger brother. The singing of Summertime was ridiculous and implausible. I presume that US humour is very different to UK humour. Still, it is a nice theatre and I hope to be able to see a better play there somewhen.
Al Tutt Confirmed ticket purchaser
Excellent, funny play!
21 July 2022
This was a moving as well as hilarious play. It was brilliantly acted in a small claustrophobic setting. It brilliantly portrayed the differences of outlook, values and opinions of three cousins who have been brought together by their grandfathers death.
Monika Confirmed ticket purchaser
Energetic fiery angry and questioning
18 July 2022
A play that questions how people hold onto traditions and for what purpose. There is a lot of vented anger in this play, executed with high tension, passion and juvenile selfishness. The monologues are fast and furious, well executed with spice, sting and venom which their dear Papa would be turning in his grave if he heard his grandchildren arguing over something that was once his….
@Rhianlloydartist Confirmed ticket purchaser