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    A lot of laughs, some as dirty as the show's title promises
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    Ebullient rhyming verse
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Dirty Great Love Story tickets

Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna’s award-winning comedy Dirty Great Love Story made its West End debut at the Arts Theatre. First seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, and winning a prestigious Fringe Festival Award in the process, Dirty Great Love Story was a hilarious, frank and sharp take on modern relationships.

A cutting take on romantic catastrophes, Dirty Great Love Story follows two hopeless young people as they accidentally have a one night stand after a drunken night out. Packed full of embarrassing moments, painful awkwardness and some genuine snapshots of romance, the play asks whether a one-time thing can really stand the test of time!

Appearing in the original staging of the play, Marsh and Bonna took a step back to allow for other actors in the Arts Theatre run. Both have several credits to their names; Marsh’s one-man play Skittles was commissioned for Radio 4 and his sitcom Richard Marsh: Cardboard Heart featured a cast including Phil Daniels, Jemima Rooper and Russell Tovey.

Bonna had recently embarked on a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe’s Summerhall venue with her popular show All the Things I’ve Lied About, was developing a TV series and was also nominated for Best Actress by The Stage. Dirty Great Love Story was most recently seen Off-Broadway.

Combining poetry, drama, rhythm and rhyme, the wonderfully comic play was perfect for modern day daters! Having began performance at the Arts Theatre London from January 18th and officially opened on January 25th 2017, Dirty Great Love Story played for a limited run until March 18th 2017.

Performance dates: 17 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017

Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Age recommendation: Recommended for age 12+

Special notice: Fans of the little treats that can be found at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will love this production, which brings fringe theatre to the West End. Modern daters or those who are romantically disinclined should also pay the show a visit!

Dirty Great Love Story is suitable for those aged 12 and up.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The Arts Theatre offers excellent views throughout. The best views can be found in the centre of the Stalls and Circle, as the first few rows in the Stalls are typically restricted due to the height of the stage.

For those who want a good bargain, seats at the rear of the Stalls offer excellent, unrestricted views of the stage – although can be slightly uncomfortable!

Circle Slips are also a brilliant option for those on a budget, but make sure you pick seats 8-14, as they are in the front row.

Latest audience reviews

I liked the show but I didn't love it! The actors where brilliant and the story was quite funny at times.... More

fifilou Top 100 reviewer18 Mar 2017

I liked the show but I didn't love it! The actors where brilliant and the story was quite funny at times. I liked that the two actors switched between roles with ease and they really held the connection with each other through out. I felt like the story was slow to begin with and rushed to get through the end a little but all in all I love this theatre and seeing new plays brought to life. A great short one act show to go to if you're around and want some laughs.

fifilou Top 100 reviewer18 Mar 2017

Sweetly romantic and energetically performed, a rom-com with a difference.

oughttobeclowns Top 50 reviewer18 Apr 2017
rogerjames 23 Feb 2017

Absolutely loved this production! Not usually a fan of fringe theatre, but this stepped it up a notch.... More

susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer02 Feb 2017

Absolutely loved this production! Not usually a fan of fringe theatre, but this stepped it up a notch. Minimal set allowed for the brilliantly funny dialogue to take centre stage, and Felix Scott and Ayesha Antoine were great. Would have loved to see it with the original actors! Very relevant to modern day daters, friends, couples - everyone really. Would love to see again and recommended to my friends.

susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer02 Feb 2017

A charming script performed by two very talented actors.

sarahemily8 Top 100 reviewer01 Feb 2017

Written in verse and only a bit over an hour in runtime, Dirty Great Love Story is a hurtlingly frantic... More

shaun 26 Jan 2017

Written in verse and only a bit over an hour in runtime, Dirty Great Love Story is a hurtlingly frantic story of two twenty-somethings as they begin to reach the cusp of their thirties. Packed full of jokes and hilarious awkward situations, it’s a very relatable depiction of life that is as heart-warming as it is funny. Perhaps could have a bit more depth, but with its fast paced it gets away with just being immensely enjoyable.

shaun 26 Jan 2017
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