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Prepare to have your heartstrings well and truly plucked by this marvellous version of the 1993 play by Jonathan Lewis, who based the story on his own experiences. It’s searingly honest and explosively funny, with a constant underlying theme of the tragedy of war. Hot stuff, and an unforgettable theatreland experience.
Starring: Arthur Darvill
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Camaraderie and dark humour – It’s Our Boys
Fired by anger at the neglect of Britain’s wounded heroes, who return home to a cold welcome and are left to recover the best they can from the horrific injuries they suffered while serving their country, this is a poignant and darkly funny exploration of servicemen’s experiences. As our soldiers continue to give their all in foreign theatres of war, this play is just as relevant now as it was back in 1993 when it won a coveted Best New Play award.
This is the play’s first West End production, coming hot from the same production team that made the international stage hit Journey's End such a roaring success.
Our boys - The story
Based on the author's own army experiences, Our Boys is uncomfortably honest and hilariously funny at the same time, a potent mix. Five young soldiers are back home, slowly recovering from injuries they suffered when on duty. But their dull routine of daytime telly, lonely hearts adverts and typically British banter, which so often masks pain and distress, is dramatically broken into pieces with the arrival of a certain young officer.
The small band of men, all very different, have built up an unlikely camaraderie, but a dangerous incident threatens to break them apart and betrayal is an ugly bed mate. Charges of misconduct are on the cards, all sorts of accusations are flying and the fighting soon starts in earnest…
Perfect for the over 12s
There’s some strong language and the themes of this play are distinctly adult, so it’s recommended for people aged twelve and above.
Our Boys theatre tickets for every budget
We offer excellent and varied seat and ticket availability with a wide choice of seat options, with premium and full price tickets as well as discount Our Boys tickets. So book now and treat yourself to laughter and heartbreak as they combine and combust in a particularly fine London West End stage show.
Please Note - Arthur Darvill will not be appearing in Our Boys on 9, 15 or 18 October. At these performances, the role of Parry will be played by Edward Grace.
Very funny.....loved it!!!
The wife only likes musicals....but even she enjoyed this!
We enjoyed the play very much and felt it was a true representation of how young men might cope with such a situation - the humour, the outbursts of anger, the camaraderie, the banter, the sadness usually just below the surface. It was sad to see the theatre half empty and hope the company aren't too upset if audience numbers are low. Perhaps the publicity hasn't targeted the right people? Would possibly be good for A level students studying the effects of war?
A Well-Written, Well-Acted Emotional Roller Coaster
I didn't know what to expect from "Our Boys". I went mainly because of Laurence Fox and Matthew Lewis. I wasn't disappointed! All 5 actors were amazing. They drew us in and in a short space of time we felt like we knew the characters and were a part of their lives. It was well-written and the actors took us on an emotional roller coaster. At the end, while Laurence Fox was showing off his photo album, you could have heard a pin drop. Very emotional and well acted.
Not for family viewing!
Vulgar, crude, funny, and moving. All of the cast were great although initially I wasn't sure about the casting of Laurence Fox. However, he proved me very wrong! My wife and I loved it.
As a former serviceman I really enjoyed and understood the banter and jargon used, between the cast, but I did think would anybody not connected to the services get what was going on?
Funny but immensely moving at the same time. A reminder - if ever we needed it - that there are many young men going through the same sort of traumas today - may we all be forgiven for allowing this to happen.
My husband and I loved it, but it will not be for everyone. The young man sitting next to us got up and left before the interval (his girlfriend followed him moments later) and it occurred to us that he may have had direct or close personal experience of more recent events with the services. Of course, he may have had other reasons and the language and 'activities' might cause some concerns. We are in our mid 60's and of a pretty liberal persuasion in every way so it didn't bother us at all.
A Crude Vulgar play
The idea was good. Unfortunately the language was crude, so much swearing and use of the "F" word it detracted from the story. There was no subtlety, and infact we left at the interval.
An excellent cast who did an excellent job with a gritty script. albeit with history a little stretched at times
The camaraderie, sacrifice and humour of our soldier boys
The play demonstrates the fellowship and loyalty of soldiers recovering from their wounds in an army hospital. It is full of boyish humour and pranks that sometimes simmer with menace. The first act fleshes out the relationships between the characters with lots of laughs rising to a nicely timed first act finale. The second act is rather disjointed, broken into short scenes that jerkily build to a climax, which, although harrowing, doesn't quite sustain the change necessary to Lawrence Fox's character in the final scene. The choppiness of the act also makes it seem longer than necessary. The final scene is poignant though, with well-judged performances from both Fox and Jolyon Coy. All of the actors create believable characters that win the affection of the audience. Although a little uneven, Our Boys is a play worth seeing.
Boyish but in the best meaning of the word
I go to the theatre to be amused and even though this play concerns a serious matter (and does this beautifully by the way) I found myself very much amused. It is a very "male dominated" play (no female actors, perspective etc.) and the humor is very boyish but in the best meaning possible - I would recommend this show for anyone whether they seek deep thought-provoking themes or just want to have a good time!
Wonderful show that really reflected the nature of war for these soldiers. The sharp turns from hilarity to profound grief really brings the audience to share in the character's struggle as they recover from war. The acting, staging and overall experience was marvelous. In addition, the actors were very generous in talking to the theatregoers after the show, and prove to be truly wonderful people. Definitely recommend.
An excellent night out
I don't normally review things, but this was so good I just had to. The performance was brilliant, hats off to all of the actors, and the story was deceptively simple. It made me laugh out loud and then broke my heart. The theatre staff were also all really lovely and moved us from the back row to better sears that were free.
Still relevant after 30 years
Our Boys was an excellent revival. The play has a good mix of the funny and the poignant and is extremely well acted by a strong cast. The character of Ian is particularly well done, so muc so that for the first few scenes I was undecided if the actor really was disabled or not. Wouldn't recommend for families mainly due to the language but this is essential to the charaterisation so would not take any of it out. Despite the dated references (which I would leave in as they compliment the 80's music very well) this play is as relevant now as it was then. The overlaying reality that we are still bringing our service men and women home in boxes or seriously injured has not changed only the geography has. An excllent play which had me laughing and sad in equal measure.
taking teenagers to Our Boys
my husband and I took our 2 teenage children aged 14 and 16 to Our Boys, they thought it was great because of all the bad language and sexual references especially our 14 year old son but with hindsight it probably was not particularly suitable for them
Excellent plot plus brilliant actors! Laughing with crying and breathtaking! Everyone will fall in love with the show!
Great acting but not for those easily offended by bad language. This was necessary but not one I would take my Mother or teenage daughters too. My husband and I loved it.
Very authentic. How we treat our heroes
hard to hear
i thought the show was brilliant, very emotional tho, laughed and cried. we were in row 'o' and i could just make out what the actors were saying but unfortunately my husband hardly heard a word that was being said, the acoustics at the back of the theatre are not good i'm afraid so was disappointed for him and it kind of ruined the show...... i think they should mic the stage
Funny and Sad
Our Boys is full of barrack room humour with a degree of sadness, be prepared for a roller-coaster ride of your emotions.
Only problem seemed to be laurance fox speaking very fast so sometimes hard to follow.
It's fantastic. I will come again
Every thinking person
Every thinking person should see this funny but moving performance which reflects the consequences of war on life!
Must see show
An excellent no frills show with a very funny and powerful storyline.
Completely mesmerising - stunning acting and incredibly powerful
Very Tight performance
Fantastic play, that made you truly laugh yet had an incredibly powerful story behind it. The actors rushed their lines at first but once settling into their characters delivered a brilliant performance. The tight script displayed its trump card only in the last few scenes and you left the theatre feeling as if you had a little more understanding of the potential problems soldiers may face.
The acting was excellent but limited by an average script. The squaddie humour was amusing but did not entirely match up to the gallows humour on which it was based, lacked a certain flow. That aside I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Brilliant show! Fantastic mix of comedy and drama. Wouldn't be surprised if it ended up on tv.
I loved this play - it's really funny but with some truly poignant moments which make the audience stop and think about what our soldiers go through when they are faced with life outside the army.
Belly Laughs and Sadness
The funniest play I have seen for many years. The laughs came thick and fast delivered in a realistic banter at breakneck speed. Fox was of course superb as ever, but tribute must be made to the other members of the cast who all held their own in this ensemble piece, nobody got left behind. Then came the poignant bit, many plays cannot combine comedy and pathos, they fall at the final hurdle, not 'Our Boys' though. The heart-rending denouement is delivered quietly and serenely. A wonderful event. Thankyou.
A must see show
Our Boys shows just what our heroes had to endure after being injured defending our nation.Wonderfully acted by a brilliant cast and a honest portrayal of life in the hospital whilst recovering, but not for the easily offended as the language is as you may expect strong. Brilliant worth seeing
Laugh, cringe, cower and cry a bit too!
Loved the show, had a bit of everything. Laugh out loud sometimes and poignant at the end. Soundtrack right from my youth too, so also fun. Laurence Fox and Cian Barry standouts.
our boys review
great show. Great banter with a good mix of humour and seriousness. Very entertaining and thought provoking. Ending was a bit abrupt but thoroughly enjoyed it and acting was excellent
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