Do you ever watch a play and enjoy it enough while watching it but then at the end, as you leave the theatre, realise it won't leave a mark on you?
The blunt way of putting it is 'good but forgettable'. That's kind of how I felt about Trouble in Butetown at the Donmar Warehouse.
The characters are interesting enough and good enough company, but you don't quite get to know them sufficiently for them to get under your skin.
There are some interesting themes, but being a period and social history, I know little about it didn’t reveal enough to quite transport me there.
And there were some details I didn't understand.
Like why one of the lodgers seemed to be able to miss the boat he was supposed to be working on without too much bother.
This sounds like I’m down on Trouble in Butetown, but I’m not; it was enjoyable enough to watch - good but not great.
Do you ever feel like that about a play?
I'm giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Trouble in Butetown, Donmar Warehouse
Written by Diana Nneka Atuona
Directed by Tinuke Craig
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an interval
Booking until 25 March; for more information and tickets, head to the Donmar Warehouse website
Linck & Mulhahn, Hampstead Theatre ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ booking until 4 March
Phaedra, National Theatre ⭐️⭐️ for the staging ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the play and performances booking until 8 April.
A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a half, booking until 4 February (This production will transfer to the West End on 20 March).
Orlando, Garrick Theatre ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ booking until 25 February.