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The Verdict Reviews: What Did the Critics Have to Say About The 47th at London's Old Vic?

The Mike Bartlett-written comedy imagines Trump running for office during the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election and stars Bertie Carvel, Tamara Tunie, and Lydia Wilson.

The 47th Image Courtesy of The Old Vic

Mike Bartlett's political play The 47th opened at London's Old Vic April 9, after beginning previews March 29. The playwright currently has two shows playing in London, including the Joel Harper-Jackson and Jonathan Bailey-led production of Cock

Directed by Rupert Goold, The 47th transports audience members into the future. Taking place during the 2024 United States Presidential Election, the comedy stars Bertie Carvel as Donald Trump, Tamara Tunie as Kamala Harris, and Lydia Wilson as Ivanka Trump.

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The cast also includes Simon Williams as Joe Biden, James Garnon as Ted Cruz/Paul, Richard Hansell as Steve Richetti/Ohio Senator, Oscar Lloyd as Donald Jr./Matt, Jenni Maitland as Heidi Cruz/Moderator/CIA, Freddie Meredith as Eric Trump, James Cooney as Charlie Takahashi, Joss Carter as Shaman, Ben Onwukwe as General Taylor, Cherrelle Skeete as Tina Flournoy/Nurse Vita, and Ami Tredrea as Rosie Takahasi. The ensemble features David Tarkenter, Eva Fontaine, David Carr, Kaja Chan, Charles Craddock, and Flora Dawson.

Read the reviews below.

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

iNews (Sam Marlowe)

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

Open Letters Review (Christopher Day)

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

The Hollywood Reporter (Demetrios Matheou) 

The Independent (Anya Ryan)

The Times (Clive Davis)

Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski)

Playbill will continue to update this article as reviews are published.

The production has a creative team comprising Miriam Buether in set design, Evie Gurney in costume design, Neil Austin in lighting design, Tony Gayle in sound, Adam Cork in original musical and sound score, Ash J. Woodward in video, and Lynne Page in movement. 

Wigs, hair, and makeup is by Richard Mawbey, casting by Jessica Ronane, voice by Joel Trill, and dialect by Brett Tyne. Dan Ayling serves as the company stage manager.

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