The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical ★★★ Apollo Theatre | Oct 7, 2023 - Mar 30, 2024

Every relationship faces challenges. But what if your partner were popping backward and forward in time, and showing up naked when he appeared? This could be a real deal breaker! The premise of this romcom is a lot of fun and the staging of the show is quite amazing as Henry makes various appearances at different points in Clare's life. One of the issues, however, is that time travel demands a strict consistency around how the concept is played out, and this becomes confusing, to the point of distracting, in this musical adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's best-selling novel. Sometimes Henry can tailor his actions based on what he knows the future to be and sometimes he seems unable to anticipate the consequences of his actions. On occasion Henry can affect the future based on his foreknowledge and then at other times he can't. Is post mortem time travel really a possibility? Unfortunately, such inconsistencies around the central premise can take the audience out of the story and out of the mood. Joanna Woodward as the incredibly patient Clare and David Hunter as the peripatetic Henry work hard to establish their characters and give substance to their relationship, but the score doesn't really help much. None of the songs with the exception of "I See Her," the duet of Henry and his father, is particularly memorable. Indeed for us, it is that scene which actually had the most emotional resonance in the show, any affinity with Clare and Henry's dilemma being lost in the complicated conceit underlying their relationship. As the comic couple counterpointing the main love story, Tim Mahendran as Gomez and Hiba Elchikhe as Charisse squeeze all the laughs possible from their parts. However, they aren't really given many very original lines, and the suggestion of Gomez's ongoing infatuation with Clare is left awkwardly hanging. The Time Traveller's Wife has some delightfully clever moments of illusion and a terrific set, but to appreciate this musical iteration, it probably helps if you're already a lover of the book.

Rated: ★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Johan Persson

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

When, Where, Getting there:

Most Popular

St. Martin in-the-fields: Lunchtime Concerts ★★★★ FREE

Naked Boys Singing, The Garden Theatre at The Eagle - ★★★★ - Until October 25, 2020

The Last Caravaggio ★★★★ The National Gallery | Apr 18 - Jul 21, 2024 (Free Entry)

London Tide ★★★ National Theatre | Apr 10 - Jun 22, 2024

Howerd's End, Golden Goose Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until October 31, 2020

Calendar Girls ★★★ The Mill at Sonning | Apr 11 - Jun 1, 2024

Your Lie In April – The Musical in Concert ★★★★★ Theatre Royal Drury Lane | April 8 & 9, 2024

Player Kings ★★★★★ Noël Coward Theatre | Apr 1 - Jun 22, 2024

Foam ★★★★ Finborough Theatre | Mar 19 - Apr 13, 2024

The Comeuppance ★★★★★ Almeida Theatre | Apr 6 - May 18, 2024

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings