Bad Jews

Following two record-breaking, sold-out engagements, Bad Jews returns to the Arts Theatre in London for 11 weeks only!

Set over one night in a Manhattan apartment, a family’s younger generation battles it out to decide who is the most deserving of a precious heirloom passed down from their beloved grandfather. Would it be the bossy, overbearing and fanatical Daphna, her wealthy cousin Liam, his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, or Jonah, who would prefer not to get involved?

Bad Jews premiered in New York in 2012 before having two sold out West End engagements. Now the “shockingly good” (Independent) original West-End production returns to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited 11 weeks. 

Duration

110 minutes, no interval

Cast

The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control.

Location

Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

Please contact the box office directly for all enquiries and access bookings on 020 7836 8463.

Suitable For Children

12 years old plus

Cancellation Policy

1. If you test positive for COVID-19, display symptoms, or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace you can exchange your tickets.
2. If the show is cancelled due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be offered a free exchange or refund.
3. If the show is going ahead and you are able to attend, there will be no exchange or refund available.

Where Do I Go

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB

Reviews

4.3(27 reviews)
  • Sarah Hornsey

    Sep 27, 2022

    This show starts very slowly. It's a very claustrophobic production set in one small room. The characters feel very one dimensional. You are never really introduced to the back stories of each character which leaves you filling in the blanks yourself. I think a lot of references would go over most peoples head. It is almost too deep and existential for it's own good. It was like Woody Allen and Neil Simon without the humour. It lacked something. It played on the stereotype of the archetypal New York Jew, but it's is neither endearing, nor realistic. The characters were like cardboard cutouts, especially Jonah. He barely lifted his head up the entire production. I felt I was staring down at the top of his long head of hair all night. It just felt awkward and like the author had forgotten to write any meaningful lines for him to say. My friend who isn't Jewish missed quite a few nuances of the play too. The character of Diana going by the Hebrew name "Daphna" was lost on her. She didn't understand the complex hypocrisy of this character. She missed most of the underlying humour. More background and setting out of the scenes and characters was needed. It just wasn't there. However, I still enjoyed it. It was an interesting subject to tackle and it really was written from the heart. It tried to combine comedy and tragedy which is always difficult. I would give it A++ for effort.

  • Annon

    Sep 25, 2022

    Was not impressed with the play Thought it could have had a lot more substance Lot of screaming didn’t give a good impression of the young Jewish people of today Seats were diabolical hard bench type Back row of circle

  • Stephen

    Sep 24, 2022

    Excellent script and acting. No interval so not over long. Sone unnecessary bad language. Overall we enjoyed it a lot and recommend it.