Bad Jews makes West End return

Reporter: Kate Stanbury, first published Tue 12 Jan 2016 17:53
Ilan Goodman and Jenna Augen in Bad jews at the St James Theatre (Photo: Robert Workman)Ilan Goodman and Jenna Augen in Bad jews at the St James Theatre (Photo: Robert Workman)/servlet/file/store5/item267073/version2/fileservice770/267073_770_preview.jpg

Joshua Harmon’s critically acclaimed comedy Bad Jews will return to the West End next month, bringing its tale of relatives fighting over a family heirloom to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited six-week season.

Original cast member Ilan Goodman will reprise his role in the production alongside newcomers Ailsa Joy, Antonia Kinlay and Jos Slovick from 8 February to 19 March.

The comedy hit, which returns to the capital following hugely successful runs at the St James Theatre and Arts Theatre, follows the story of three Jewish family members and a non-Jewish girlfriend who gather in a cramped Manhattan apartment following the death of the family’s beloved grandfather. There, a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy takes place as each of the contenders vie for the prized possession he left behind.

During Bad Jews’ previous runs in the capital, the Sunday Times described the comedy as “Blisteringly funny”, while The Observer deemed the show “Ferociously clever”.

The Michael Longhurst-directed production opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket following the current run of Hampstead Theatre transfer Mr Foote’s Other Leg, which closes on 23 January, and prior to the arrival of Pixie Lott in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, which begins its West End run in June.