Reviews have dropped for The Prince of Egypt Musical in London – what did the critics make of it?
First produced by DreamWorks animation, The Prince of Egypt is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus and tells the journey of Moses as from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.
The stage adaption features ten new songs by Stephen Schwartz alongside the original music he penned for the animated film, including Oscar-winning track When You Believe.
The original West End cast is led by Luke Brady as Moses, Liam Tamne as Ramses, Christine Allado as Tzipporah and Alexia Khadime as Miriam.
Further casting features Joe Dixon as Seti, Debbie Kurup as Queen Tuya, Gary Wilmot as Jethro, Adam Pearce as Hotep, Tanisha Spring as Nefertari, Silas Wyatt-Barke as Aaron and Mercedesz Csampai as Yocheved.
The premiere London production officially opened at the Dominion Theatre on February 25, 2020.
What did the critics make of The Prince of Egypt in London’s West End?
The Prince of Egypt London reviews
WhatsOnStage – 4/5
“Anyone who fell in love with the animated DreamWorks classic in the last 20 years (as this critic very much did) will not leave disappointed – much in the same way that Disney’s Aladdin or The Lion King musicals are often an ode to their silver screen counterparts. It may not work miracles, but as a stage version of an animated classic, The Prince of Egypt delivers in spades.” – Read the full review
The Telegraph – 3/5
“Schwartz’s score – weaving various appropriate Middle Eastern influences together – comes into its own in a rash of blistering bible-belters in the second half. I wasn’t so much converted as bludgeoned into a state of admiration by the heavenly host of rousing choruses. And that’s no small feat.” – Read the full review
The Stage – 3/5
“Inconsistent stage adaptation of the animated film that boasts a great score by Stephen Schwartz but lacks atmosphere and magic.” – Read the full review
The Guardian – 2/5
“The Prince of Egypt is at its strongest as a dance production with beautiful visual formations through bodywork when chariots, wells or rolling desert sands are created by groups of dancers. It is in Sean Cheesman’s astonishing choreography that this musical feels at its most alive.” – Read the full review
The Times – 2/5
“It’s not every day that you see the Red Sea parted on a West End stage, but this is one of those big-budget musicals that is oddly lacking in interesting music.” – Read the full review
London Evening Standard – 1/5
“This biblical epic is an epic fail. A beefed up musical version of the indifferent 1998 DreamWorks animation about the life of Moses, it’s simultaneously pompous and simplistic.” – Read the full review
The Prince of Egypt plays at the Dominion Theatre, London currently booking through to October 31, 2020.
The standard performance schedule is Monday-Saturday at 7:30PM with 2:30PM matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays.