Reviews have dropped for the West End production of Mrs. Doubtfire musical in London – what did the critics make of it?
Following its run on Broadway, the new musical adaptation of the hit film opened this week at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Based on the iconic movie starring the late Robin Williams, Mrs. Doubtfire tells the story of an out-of-work actor who creates the alter ego of Scottish nanny in a desperate attempt to stay in his children’s lives following a divorce.
The musical has a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell with original music and lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick. Gabriel Vick leads the West End cast in the title role.
Mrs. Doubtfire musical London reviews
The Telegraph – 4/5
“Whether or not the West End needs yet another screen-to-stage adaptation, this take on the Robin Williams favourite is a complete joy” – Read the full review
London Evening Standard – 3/5
“Aimed squarely at young audiences, there are laughs, some great performances, a couple of big notes and a zippy plot, all aided by the technical slickness of Zaks’s direction” – Read the full review
The Times – 4/5
“Luckily Gabriel Vick as Daniel, the cross-dressing hero, can miraculously mimic Yoda, Boris Johnson and an alcoholic French nanny in quick succession as well as demonstrate emotional warmth; he makes this play fly” – Read the full review
CityAM – 4/5
“Did I mention that there are some absolutely cracking songs, including one called Bam! You’re Rocking Now that half the bar was singing in the interval? It feels refreshingly 2023, which surprises me as much as it does you.” – Read the full review
WhatsOnStage – 4/5
“Gabriel Vick is more than simply a safe pair of hands though, and equally he’s not just a stage avatar for Williams’s acclaimed screen turn, although he captures the anarchic spirit and slightly deranged bonhomie that were the essence of it.” – Read the full review
Mrs. Doubtfire musical plays Shaftesbury Theatre, London currently booking through to 13 January 2024.