Cock ★★★★ Ambassadors Theatre | Mar 5 - Jun 4, 2022


Sexuality is not a binary and neither is love/hate. Both are on a spectrum and Cock deals with the complex nature of sexual identity and emotional interdependence. At the centre of this dilemma is John, brilliantly portrayed by Jonathan Bailey. He has been in a long term gay relationship but gradually realises that he is also attracted to a woman. Suddenly he is in a love triangle that exposes both how little he knows himself and how damaged he is. He has allowed others to define him and now he is torn between his bitchy, bullying, yet vulnerable, lover of seven years perfectly played by Taron Egerton, and a young woman whom he barely knows, but who promises to share the perfect romantic dream. As the third point in the triangle, Jade Anouka does a fine job of creating a character who while apparently clear-eyed still sees what she wants, rather than recognising her new love's reality. Mike Bartlett has created convincingly complicated characters who struggle to do the right thing and to be true to themselves, but their interaction seems to lead to exposure, not growth. The dialogue has echoes of David Mamet, as does the irresolute nature of the work's conclusion. The production is a tour de force of acting and a bleak reminder of the complexities of the human heart.

Rated: ★★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Brinkhoff Moegenburg.

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

When, Where, Getting there:

Most Popular

Orlando ★★★★★ Jermyn Street Theatre | Apr 28 - May 28, 2022

Love Is Only Love ★★★★★ The Other Palace | Apr 29 - May 15, 2022

Rabbit Hole ★★★★★ Union Theatre | Apr 12 - May 1, 2022

Alright Bitches! ★★★★ Above The Stag Theatre | May 11 - Jun 4, 2022

Five Characters in Search of a Good Night’s Sleep ★★★★ Southwark Playhouse | Apr 27 - May 21, 2022

Dreamgirls ★★★★★ New Wimbledon Theatre | May 9 - 14, 2022

La Bohème ★★★★★ King's Head Theatre | Apr 26 - May 28, 2022

German Cornejo’s Wild Tango ★★★ Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre | May 12 - 21, 2022

Bonnie & Clyde ★★★★★ Arts Theatre | Apr 9 - Jul 10, 2022

Sidney Fox's Crime ★★★ Above The Stag Theatre | Apr 20 - May 7, 2022

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings