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    Like a 1970s children’s TV comedy
    The Financial Times
    Meandering exhibition of toothless humour
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NotMoses Tickets

Award-winning filmmaker and producer Gary Sinyor wrote and directed his debut play, NotMoses, which received its world premiere at the Arts Theatre London in March 2016. A hilariously fresh take on the beloved biblical tale of Moses, NotMoses was a gleefully irreverent new comedy that marked Sinyor’s first venture into theatre.

Set in Ancient Egypt, NotMoses follows the unfortunate abandoned baby that narrowly misses out on becoming the legendary saviour that leads the exodus. A crying baby is plucked from the Nile by a Princess, only to be thrown back in again when a prettier, better baby comes along. This lucky baby becomes Prince Moses, who studies accountancy at the Pharaoh’s Court, whilst the rejected NotMoses becomes a resentful slave. When everyone is forced to flee into the Sinai desert, Moses and NotMoses unite to make kebabs on the burning bush. It is only when the Good Lord orders them to lead the Jews into the land of cows and bees that an alluring and mysterious Miriam steps in to save the day.

Sinyor is a BAFTA nominated director and recipient of the Venice International Film Festival’s Critics Choice, known for his extensive work in film. Most notable works include Stiff Upper Lips, The Bachelor with Renee Zellweger, United We Fall with Jack Donnelly and The Unkindest Cut for which he received a BAFTA nomination. Sinyor is perhaps best-known for writing, directing and producing the critically acclaimed film Leon the Pig Farmer, which was commissioned by Monty Python star Eric Idle and for which he received the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer.

Casting for the production included children Izzy Lee and Theo Mackenzie, who were plucked from a batch of open auditions for the Son of God, with design by Carla Goodman and lighting by Humphrey McDermott. NotMoses is a riotous and jaw-droopingly bold comedy that allows the audience to experience all ten plagues in the space of one evening. With smatterings of Python-esque comedy, this wacky show played for a limited time at the Arts Theatre London.

Performance dates: 09 Apr 2016 - 09 Apr 2016

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: 12+ Years

Special notice: Those who enjoy Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Spamalot will find similarly zany humour here.

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SeatPlan Recommends: The Arts Theatre offers good views across the board, with the best seating available in towards the front of the Stalls.

Latest Audience Reviews

A couple of puns were quite good, the rest were average funny, you will laugh and you will not fe... More

berbaverde 10 Apr 2016

A couple of puns were quite good, the rest were average funny, you will laugh and you will not feel bored. Quite entertaining, a lot more enjoyable on the stage then on the screen, glad I paid discounted rate though, at full price I would have felt let down!

berbaverde 10 Apr 2016

I wanted to like this show, I really did, but it was just one of the most unfunny things I've eve... More

parisrevans Top 200 reviewer28 Jun 2016

I wanted to like this show, I really did, but it was just one of the most unfunny things I've ever seen. I seriously considered leaving in the interval and I seriously wish I had as the second half didn't get any better. Good set and clever projections, but sadly the script and direction was seriously lacking.

parisrevans Top 200 reviewer28 Jun 2016

Genuinely the worst show I have ever seen. Too many attempts at a Monty-Pythonesque humour, which... More

susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer01 Jun 2016

Genuinely the worst show I have ever seen. Too many attempts at a Monty-Pythonesque humour, which was ruined by a terrible script and even worse acting. Not sure how this made its way on to the West End. Very unsurprising that it closed early. Awful.

susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer01 Jun 2016

This was a very funny show. Very Monty Python esque and slapstick. It could have been a bit sho... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer08 Apr 2016

This was a very funny show. Very Monty Python esque and slapstick. It could have been a bit shorter but a fun evening out!

joc78 Top 10 reviewer08 Apr 2016

I felt the cast were strong actors but I just couldn't get into the play. It tried to be funny bu... More

angelakeating 26 Mar 2016

I felt the cast were strong actors but I just couldn't get into the play. It tried to be funny but at many points it was just lost on the audience. It's no Monty Python (it tries to be) I did laugh at some points but for some, they might find it distasteful, I just felt it wasn't for me.

angelakeating 26 Mar 2016

Funny and entertaining show

dizzyduck 17 May 2016
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