Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train

Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train

Young Vic · 14 FEB - 06 APR

From Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis, a dark comedy about the contradictory nature of faith.

“A visceral and eye opening dark comedy set in a US jail. This play is a favourite of American drama audiences and it's great to see it revived in stylish fashion in Kwame Kwei-Armah's first season at the Young Vic. Strong reviews from critics and users alike,”


Inside the lockdown wing of Rikers Island prison, a frightened young man accused of murdering a cult leader is confronted with a charismatic born-again serial killer and a sadistic guard. Will one man’s redemption lead to another’s damnation?

Critic reviews

Irector Kate Hewitt stages a production of hurtling intensity and immediacy, full of nerve-jangling sound and lighting effects, in the close-up quarters of the Young Vic

London Theatre

With the structure and the conscious patterning of a morality play, Jesus Hopped the A Train is not always convincing in its arguments. But it is brave and always engrossing


Hewitt’s production, with its percussive sound and blinding lights, has a visceral power

The Guardian

Slick, forceful production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s abrasive prison comedy

Time Out

Stylishly staged, superbly performed production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2000 play about two Rikers Island inmates

The Stage

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s drama of crime and redemption is revived in a powerful production

Financial Times

One must simply mark time until either Lucius or Angel hurtles back into view

The Arts desk

The set is impressive, the bursts of loud percussive music are galvanising, but this wonderfully well-acted production has an epic quality that quarrels with the intimacy of these encounters

The Times

A window into the captivating tensions of a US jailhouse

Evening Standard

Kate Hewitt’s new take on Stephen Adly Guirgis’s play questions the possibility of free will within the penal system


Date & time

Show ended
Thu 14 Feb - Sat 6 Apr, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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