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Emil and The Detectives Reviews - Olivier Theatre, National

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Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars based on 5 review(s)


Latest Review: "Emil and the Detectives is wonderful. My 13 year old son read the book, but thought the stage adapti..."

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    Wednesday, 8th Jan 2014 by angela bishop

Emil and the Detectives is wonderful. My 13 year old son read the book, but thought the stage adaption was incredible. Well done!

    Sunday, 8th Dec 2013 by Emma

This was a fantastic show that surpassed all expectations- it was fantastically funny, moving and exciting and the child led cast were enthralling to watch and very funny. The children in the audience loved it as did we. Highly recommended.

    Wednesday, 4th Dec 2013 by Joanna

Like a porr school play with hammy kids and weak adulty actors. The sets and lighting the only redeeming feature. The worst National Theatre christmas offering in years. Avoid like the plague unless your child is one of the hundreds that seem to be involved.

    Tuesday, 3rd Dec 2013 by Kate

Great show! We highly recommend Emil and the Detectives, particularly for young theatre goers who think all stage productions are musicals (Matilda, Sound of Music, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) or pantos. Once again the National pushes theatrical boundaries by putting a cast of 50+ children on stage for a non-musical. Thank you, National. Young audiences (and old) will be enthralled with Emil's pursuit of the villain who stole his money on a train, enlisting the help of the children of Berlin. The lighting and set are superb; the live music is enjoyable. Emil (Daniel Patten), Toots, Pony, the Professor, Hilde, Mr. Snow and Mrs. Wirth are particularly good. The impressive cast of Detectives delivers depth to the story and energy to the show. Very worthwhile evening out for the entire family.

    Monday, 25th Nov 2013 by Paolo Kent

Desperately wanting to be loved, and so much going for it, but this show (I saw an early preview) is desperately missing quite a bit: why on earth doesn't Toots (Gustav) toot his motor horn more, and in particular at the end of the show, every child in the audience loved the tooting. More importantly, it's very hard to focus such a large and important show on children's heads - they don't have the charisma, stage charm, or sense of timing that comes with experience, all they have is the director's instructions, which is not enough. This show starts off, desperately (that word again) trying to be authentic to the original, with a very detailed recreation of Emil's home and things, but by the second half, the show has transformed into some kind of homage to The Third Man, which a) has nothing to do with the original, and b) makes no sense at all (having been frightened of the thief, and having enlisted group-children power - the very core of the book - he goes off chasing the dangerous criminal all alone down in the sewers. Ridiculous. And there's a scene in the second act by which time the pace and momentum should be building for a children's show, when two of the actors sit down at the front of the stage and bore the audience to tears with conversation. Sorry, desperately wanted to love this show, there's just too many things wrong with it.

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Show Information
Booking From: Monday, 17th March 2014
Booking Until: Monday, 17th March 2014
Age Restriction: Suitable for ages 7+
Show Status: This production is closed

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