Hand to God at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
Hand to God at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: 14+ years

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours
Opened: 05 Feb 2016
Press night: 05 Feb 2016
Booking from: 30 Apr 2016
Booking until: 30 Apr 2016

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

76 Reviews Add review

'Hand To God' is one of the most subversive and surprising plays I've seen in London's West End. It tackles its subject matter wit... More

galinaskvortsov 5"2, 11 reviews, 16 helpful votes

'Hand To God' is one of the most subversive and surprising plays I've seen in London's West End. It tackles its subject matter with little subtlety and doesn't leave the audience wondering as to how to interpret it's brash humour and dark undertones: this is a play about grief and its manifestations in madness; religion and its control (or lack of) over morality; contrasting images of childhood innocence (i.e, puppets) and adult turmoil. Without giving too much away, I found that I agreed with the ideas presented in the guise of shock humour, but that is really all it is. It's not something I would rush to see again but it was very enjoyable entertainment with a serious message.

galinaskvortsov 5"2, 11 reviews, 16 helpful votes

I loved the chaos and the comedy that this play brought. I thought there where times went the humor went a little to far but all i... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I loved the chaos and the comedy that this play brought. I thought there where times went the humor went a little to far but all in all it was a very good production. Fantastic performances by all and the set was simple but effective. I liked that the set pretty much remained the same throughout and the effects they used throughout. A fun night!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This show is hilarious. My sides literally ached with laughter, it just got funnier. I love this dark comedy, it was a very clever... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 141 reviews, 8 helpful votes

This show is hilarious. My sides literally ached with laughter, it just got funnier. I love this dark comedy, it was a very clever and witty script with a great set. The cast? Oh my goodness they worked so hard, I was so impressed. They must be exhausted, they gave it 100%. It was lovely to watch something that was so new and shockingly funny. I loved it and it is still making me laugh as I write this! I'll be going back.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 141 reviews, 8 helpful votes

Great show, though I was dubious at the start. A lot of people were laughing from the beginning and I wondered if i was missing s... More

lou-stow-uk 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great show, though I was dubious at the start. A lot of people were laughing from the beginning and I wondered if i was missing something! But I soon got in to it and loved it!

lou-stow-uk 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

My full length review can be found on my theatre blog in the link below but I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed The Book Of Mo... More

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 21 helpful votes

My full length review can be found on my theatre blog in the link below but I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed The Book Of Mormon and/or Avenue Q as you will probably love this as much as I did.

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 21 helpful votes

Admittedly I arrived about 10min late to the show, but it got me laughing in no time! Initially I sat in one of the last stall row... More

maytebologna 154, 13 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Admittedly I arrived about 10min late to the show, but it got me laughing in no time! Initially I sat in one of the last stall rows (Q8) which wasn't even bad, still a pretty decent view. Then I changed to my original seat on B13, awesome! So close to the stage and for this show was special. Legroom was fine for me, but I'm short.

maytebologna 154, 13 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Puppets, Religion, and Comedy all in one play. quite surprised it finished early as it had the audience laughing from the start, t... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Puppets, Religion, and Comedy all in one play. quite surprised it finished early as it had the audience laughing from the start, telling a powerful story of trying to fit in, and deal with grief, even if parts were a little twisted. Would love to have seen it again, and thought the acting was top notch! http://www.rosereview.co.uk/?p=466

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I was surprised how good this show was as the reviews have been quite damning. While it's obvious this is someone first play, it i... More

emmabrookes 5"6, 71 reviews, 39 helpful votes

I was surprised how good this show was as the reviews have been quite damning. While it's obvious this is someone first play, it is an interesting, funny show with some good thoughts and ideas. Well acted and a good, taut length.

emmabrookes 5"6, 71 reviews, 39 helpful votes

rukayacesar 5"7, 185 reviews, 37 helpful votes

rukayacesar 5"7, 185 reviews, 37 helpful votes