Pretty Woman London reviews – what did the critics make of the West End production?

Pretty Woman West End reviews roundup

Reviews have dropped for the West End production of Pretty Woman in London – what did the critics make of it?

The stage adaption of the iconic film has transfered from Broadway to London’s Piccadilly Theatre.

Directed by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), the cast of Pretty Woman: The Musical is led by Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac in the roles of Vivian and Edward Lewis respectively.

Pretty Woman tells the story of the unlikely relationship between wealthy businessman Edward Lewis who hires down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward as an escort while on a business trip to LA.

The musical adaption features music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance with a book from Garry Marshall and JF Lawton, who wrote the original film screenplay.

What did the critics make of Pretty Woman in London’s West End?

Pretty Woman London reviews

London Evening Standard – 4/5
“Yes, it’s a musical about prostitution, but this adaptation of the 1990 Julia Roberts/Richard Gere rom-com is a triumph of exuberant zest over dodgy subject matter. It matches the charm of the film but has a subversive energy all its own.” – Read the full review

The Times – 3/5
“They keep you waiting a long time for that famous title song, which finally arrives at the close, after a playful false start or two. Is it worth being patient? Yes, it is, even if this show is ultimately just another attempt to cash in on the success of a film.” – Read the full review

The Guardian – 2/5
“This feels like a shallow and at times tasteless show but, within the rules of a romcom, it works in its central, schmaltzy storyline of love despite the odds. There is also some attempt, however bolted on, to update the story’s sexual politics.” – Read the full review

The Independent – 2/5
“[T]his new musical, which opened in the US in 2018 before closing a year later, offers up such a shallow and outdated vision of sex work, female agency and womanhood” – Read the full review

The Telegraph – 2/5
“The show disdains mining the subject matter for darkness and difficulty, instead fetishising the humongous cell-phones of yesteryear and half-celebrating the pre-Tinder age of spontaneous encounters.” – Read the full review

The Stage – 2/5
“Cynical and deeply unimaginative musical re-tread of the hit 1990 romcom” – Read the full review

Pretty Woman plays London’s Piccadilly Theatre currently booking through to January, 2021.

Book Pretty Woman London tickets here »

The standard performance schedule is Monday-Saturday at 7:30PM with 2:30PM matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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