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The Time Traveller’s Wife review | A time-bending tale of love at West End’s Apollo Theatre

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Step into the enchanting world of The Time Traveller's Wife at London's iconic Apollo Theatre. This captivating show brings Audrey Niffenegger's beloved novel to life on stage, weaving a timeless tale of love and destiny amidst the complexities of time travel. Prepare yourself for a theatrical experience that will sweep you off your feet and leave you pondering the mysteries of time and love.

What is The Time Traveller's Wife musical about?

The Time Traveller's Wife musical unearths a poignant love story that revolves around the lives of Clare Abshire and Henry DeTamble. The narrative unfolds with a remarkable twist: Henry involuntarily time travels, often leaving Clare behind to navigate the challenges of an unconventional marriage. This musical delves deep into their profound connection, unearthing the complexities and beauty of their relationship despite the disruptions of time. Themes of love, fate, and the human condition take centre stage as the characters grapple with the consequences of Henry's time-traveling, making it a touching and thought-provoking tale of love's resilience and the complexities of time itself.

The Time Traveller's Wife review: The cast, set, costumes & the soundtrack

The Time Traveller's Wife cast

The talented ensemble in The Time Traveller's Wife musical is led by David Hunter (Waitress, Kinky Boots, Once) as Henry, alongside Joanna Woodward (Pretty Woman The Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Clare. The stellar cast also includes Tim Mahendran as Gomez, Hiba Elchikhe as Charisse, Ross Dawes as Henry's Dad, Sorelle Marsh as Henry's Mum, Alwyne Taylor as the Librarian, Irfan Damani as Clare's Dad, Alexandra Doar as Clare's Mum, Alex Lodge as Jason/Mark, and Helena Pipe as Dr. Kendrick.

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Set & costumes

Anna Fleischle’s brilliant work as the set designer seamlessly transitions the audience through different time periods. The set serves as a visually striking backdrop, skillfully shifting from modern-day settings to historical scenes. Meticulously designed costumes further enrich the storytelling, reflecting characters' journeys across eras. From contemporary attire to period costumes, they bridge the audience with the characters and their exceptional love story.

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Music & soundtrack

Dave Stewart and Joss Stone, the musical creators, offer a blend of rock and pop tunes with simple yet warming lyrics. Their enchanting melodies beautifully underscore the emotional depth of the story. One standout musical piece in the show is I See Her. This well-placed and uniquely presented song delivers remarkable finesse in The Time Traveller's Wife musical.

The Time Traveller's Wife review: Final verdict

The Time Traveller's Wife musical is a solid attempt at a classic West End musical. It's a true work of art, seamlessly blending music, storytelling, and emotion into an unforgettable performance. From the talented cast to the meticulous set and costumes, everything comes together flawlessly, delivering a show that's not only enjoyable but also deeply moving. It's a production that holds promise, with potential to evolve and find its stride. The love story at its core is emotionally compelling and poignant. Whether you're a history enthusiast or a modern music lover, this musical has something for everyone. The Time Traveller's Wife is a unique, unforgettable journey that will linger in your thoughts long after the final curtain falls.

How to buy the Time Traveller's Wife musical tickets in London?

Looking for budget-friendly tickets for The Time Traveller's Wife musical in London? Book your tickets online! Enjoy last-minute availability, choose your seats using the Apollo Theatre seating plan, and skip the queues by booking at your convenience.

The Time Traveller's Wife review: What the critics think

"David Hunter and Joanna Woodward make a clean-cut, fine-voiced central pairing, but they’re not really given space to fully explore the emotional impact of being trapped in a marriage where nothing is certain, not even being in the same time period for their wedding day."
Alice Saville, The Independent

"This romance — scripted by that accomplished American playwright Lauren Gunderson — leaps back and forth through different eras, making nonsense of conventional chronology."
Clive Davis, The Times

"Dazzling staging of an unresolved narrative. It’s not quite enough, but it certainly passes the time."
Sarah Crompton, What's On Stage

"Joss Stone and Dave Stewart’s strangely forgettable score does little to lift this musical but there are some wonderful set pieces”
Arifa Akbar, The Guardian

"Joss Stone and Dave Stewart’s musical adaptation of the hit time-travel novel is breezy, undemanding fun. ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ could be cleverer, more profound, with better songs and a more exciting story."
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut

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