“Daddy”  A Melodrama Tickets London Theatre

“Daddy” A Melodrama Tickets

In this Bel Air tale of love and family, intimacy is a commodity and the surreal gets real.

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“Another show that has been delayed because of the pandemic, Daddy, subtitled “a melodrama” comes from black American playwright Jeremy O. Harris, who rattled and invigorated Broadway audiences with Slave Play which had a record 12 Tony nominations. He may well do the same in London in this story about black artist Franklin who moves into the Bel Air mansion of wealthy, older art collector Andre. Soon Franklin is calling him 'Daddy' and sucking his thumb. Then mum, a devout Baptist, turns up, and she’s not happy. The New York production featured a swimming pool on stage, but it’s the ripples beneath the surface of these relationships which Harris is exploring with a mixture of the real and the wildly surreal.”
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I will be your father figure. Put your tiny hand in mine.
I will be your preacher teacher. Anything you have in mind.

A young black artist meets an older white art collector.
A gospel choir emerges from an infinity pool.
A mother stops at nothing to save her son’s soul.

When it’s summer every day, when even is it?

Danya Taymor (Pass Over) directs the UK premiere of “Daddy”, an explosive and blistering melodrama from Jeremy O. Harris, whose play Slave Play received a record 12 nominations at the 74th Tony Awards.

Age Recommendation: 16+
This production contains adult themes, male nudity and scenes of a sexual nature.

Critic reviews

Nothing short of a masterpiece

· The Independent

Jeremy O Harris’s trance-like study of power play sizzles

· The Observer

Bold, brawny play

· The Guardian

A thrilling, jolting experience

· Evening Standard

Thrillingly inventive drama

· Time Out

Production exuberance carries a new play of promise

· The Arts Desk

Claes Bang and Terique Jarrett excel in their roles

· Broadway World

Jarrett expertly brings his character’s inner feelings to the fore

· Musical Theatre Review

A visceral experience

· The Stage

An intriguing watch

· The Telegraph

Full of wild energy and sharp writing

· WhatsOnStage
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Date & time

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Sat 26 Mar - Sat 30 Apr 2022, 1pm & 7pm


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