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Harry Melling and Janie Dee star in Robert Askins’ outrageous dark comedy Hand to God at the Vaudeville Theatre. An unapologetically irreverent play, Hand to God follows troubled teen Jason who begins to express himself through a devilish sock puppet, Tyrone. Soon, the foul-mouthed puppet begins to take over, with hysterical results.

Broadway’s smash-hit, Tony-nominated comedy Hand to God transfers to London’s Vaudeville Theatre, starring Harry Potter’s Harry Melling as the troubled Jason and trouble-making Tyrone. Robert Askins’ unashamedly irreverent black comedy boldly addresses grief and religion through the hilariously fresh form of a sadistic sock puppet.

Directed by newcomer Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God follows Jason and his mother Margery as they come to terms with the loss of Jason’s father. Set in suburban Texas, Margery organises a puppetry workshop at Pastor Greg’s Church which is attended by three teens. When Jason is encouraged to express himself through his sock puppet, he is unaware of just how much he has brought the terrorising Tyrone to life. Soon, Tyrone takes over, spouting blasphemous foul-mouthed truths at everyone his path, with hell-raising and chaotically hilarious results.

Harry Melling, who is best-known for his role as the demanding Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter film series, stars as both Jason and Tyrone, morphing quickly from one role to the next. Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee (The Seagull, Celebrations) plays Margery, alongside Neil Pearson (Waterloo Road, Bridget Jones) as Pastor Greg, Jemima Rooper (Blithe Spirit, One Man, Two Guvnors) as Jessica and Kevin Mains (Cilla) as Timothy. Hand to God also includes design by Beowulf Boritt, costume by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Puppet design is by Marte Johanne Ekhougen, with complicated fight direction by Robert Westley.

After a hugely successful 2015 run at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, Askins’ dark comedy received abundant critical acclaim as well as five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. A freshly funny take on relevant, hard-hitting and, at times, heart-breaking topics, Hand to God opens at London’s Vaudeville Theatre in February.

Sorry this show closed 30 April 2016, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
30 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016
Running time:
2 hours.
Age recommendation:
14+ years
Audience Notes:
Fans of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon will find a very similar humour here. This production contains extremely strong language and violent content, which is not suited to children.

Latest Audience Reviews

I was surprised how good this show was as the reviews have been quite damning. While it's obvious... More

Puppets, Religion, and Comedy all in one play. quite surprised it finished early as it had the au... More

Admittedly I arrived about 10min late to the show, but it got me laughing in no time! Initially I... More

I loved the chaos and the comedy that this play brought. I thought there where times went the hum... More

Just utter tripe really. Very American and very brash, hit you over the head humour. Two men behi... More

'Hand To God' is one of the most subversive and surprising plays I've seen in London's West End.... More

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