Reviews have dropped for the West End production of The Little Big Things in London – what did the critics make of it?
Based on the best-selling memoir by Henry Fraser, The Little Big Things has music by Nick Butcher, lyrics by Nick Butcher and Tom Ling with a book by Joe White.
The new musical tells the story of Henry Fraser, a talented artist who overcame a life-changing accident that left him paralysed.
The premiere production is directed by Luke Sheppard and is now playing at @sohoplace.
The Little Big Things reviews
London Evening Standard – 4/5
“It’s a hymn to the human spirit, the medical profession and the complicated dynamics of a loving, middle-class family. Though its raucous good humour sometimes dissolves into sentiment, it’s one of the most uplifting, heart-swelling shows I’ve seen in ages. No, I’m not crying: you’re crying.” – Read the full review
WhatsOnStage – 5/5
“It isn’t perfect – there’s a family argument scene that feels a little shoe-horned in and is never properly resolved, a couple of the jokes are a bit obvious, and there’s probably one too many upbeat company numbers than there really needs to be – but it works: it’s a truly great time in the theatre” – Read the full review
The Observer – 4/5
“Theatreland’s newest venue, @sohoplace, finding its feet after only four shows to date, is put blissfully through its paces in this spanking new musical, one of very few in living memory to have its first production in the West End.” – Read the full review
Time Out – 4/5
“You’d have to be totally cold-hearted to not be taken in by this extraordinary tale of fight. Conceivably it might not be fully ready, but it feels genuinely groundbreaking to see this show on a West End stage.” – Read the full review
The Guardian – 4/5
“For all its heart, the story of transformation – Henry becomes an artist after teaching himself with utensils held in his mouth – sometimes feels too bright-eyed, with the schmaltz in Joe White’s book lathered so thickly that it flattens things.” – Read the full review
BroadwayWorld – 3/5
“Although The Little Big Things doesn’t quite pack the emotional punch promised, it doesn’t shy away from trying to tell the story in its own way. It’s vital that the theatre scene continues to diversify the stories that it tells, and this is an important push in the right direction.” – Read the full review
The Stage – 3/5
“If the show doesn’t feel completely achieved, it breaks new ground and takes its audience on an exceptional journey. Perhaps, in some ways, that matters more.” – Read the full review
The Times – 3/5
“Chorus of approval is not enough to make this show fly” – Read the full review
The Little Big Things plays @sohoplace, London currently booking through to 25 November 2023.