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    • Qype User fabfro…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 7 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/1/2010

    I don't think i have ever been to the theatre and laughed so hard!! The puppets are hilarious - it's quick witted, a little risque (with songs like "the internet is for porn, and a truly funny puppet sex scene) and well scripted.

    What I really liked about the show is that as well as being funny it is also an accurate observation of modern life: like the main character, there were lots of people in the theatre that had left uni and still didn't know what they wanted to do with their lives!!

    My biggest recommendation for this show is that my boyfriend (who hates the theatre/musicals especially and resents being made to go!) keeps nagging me to take him back!

    We didn't have the best seats (the £10 cheapo ones at the back in fact) but it really didn't matter - the show was amazing!

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/10/2008
    First to Review

    Absolutely adored this show - anyone with a sense of humour, likes the muppets or mayhem should attend.

    It's truly fantastic and the pace is very fast. I was surprised that a show with puppets could be so entertaining (and packed full of content) and yet it was.

    Two hours whizzed by and you find yourself on the end of your seats in hysterics.

    Be warned though - you could oh so easily find yourself out in public singing one of the non pc songs!

    The Internet is for porn

    • Qype User BushGi…
    • London
    • 197 friends
    • 389 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/6/2008

    A very enjoyable show in the West End and one that people who 'don't like musicals' will probably enjoy. An adult version of Sesame Street with excellent pupeteering, great performances and a wicked sense of humour.

    We went on Thursday and unwittingly became part of the 2nd birthday of Avenue Q London. This meant we were treated to an extra scene at the end

    A little bit of extra West End excitement came from the fact that nearly all the Nancys from 'I'd Do Anything' and a few Josephs were watching the show and were actually sat on the very same row as us. I can exclusively reveal that they are much smaller in real life than on tv.

    • Qype User Marzip…
    • Melbourne, Australia
    • 57 friends
    • 167 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    5/10/2008

    Fantastic! Rude! Disgusting! Perfect!

    Not only do you have a comedy, a musical, a great night out, but also a few life lessons thrown into there. It's sad when you're made to think about life, the universe and everything by a bunch of puppets but they certainly pick up the bigger issues in society these days like racism and homosexuality. And then they have a laugh at pornography and sluts - hence the originality of Lucy the Slut's name!

    Just around the corner from Leicester Square, there's many places to go out to afterwards and eat at beforehand.

    Enjoy!

    • Qype User shinyg…
    • London
    • 68 friends
    • 59 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/9/2008

    The perfect musical for people who don't like musicals, this had us laughing almost throughout.

    It's all basically been said before - there is something very strange about Sesame Street style puppets swearing and singing about the joys of porn on the internet (not to mention the brilliant 'everyone's a little bit racist') but it works. The cast deserve a lot of praise, most of them play more than one character and spend most of their time using puppets as well as staying in character themselves.

    Beware who you take, though. The comedy cuts to the bone (even down to what do you do with a BA in English?) and while most of the audience giggled their way through both acts, the middle-aged woman next to us barely cracked a smile at all. The '12' rating they've whacked on the show is to be taken with a pinch of salt. I don't want to ruin it for you, but there's stuff that goes on that I probably wouldn't want a 13-year-old to see either.

    Definitely one for a bunch of twentysomething friends to enjoy though, even if they're not into theatre as a rule. This is different from anything I've seen in the West End, but that's not particularly a bad thing. It's silly, fun and enjoyable.

    • Qype User EllieC…
    • London
    • 58 friends
    • 117 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/10/2008

    I have been wanting to see this for a while, as I had heard a lot of good things, so I was a bit worried it would be a let down. It wasn't.

    Really funny, pretty crude, it covers most subjects without worring about offending people! Not one to take the kids to, but probably a pretty good place to take a date.

    I thought the people operating the puppets would get on my nerves, but they really didn't, they were excellent at giving the puppets emotions and quirks, that made them really captivating to watch.

    Also the theatre is really nice and cosy, so even if your in the circle you don't feel like your miles away from the stage.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/10/2008

    This is absolutely the best theatre production I have EVER seen! The songs are fantastic, both lyrically and musically, and they'll have you humming them all the way home.

    The first half is undoubtedly better than the second, and all the best songs are contained within it. My wife and I were laughing almost constantly throughout. Capping it off were the Sesame Street style video presentations that appear on the screens that descend from the ceiling, and for the generations that grew up with the aforementioned kids programme they are funny because they are so 'wrong'! The non-politically correct songs are simply hilarious and kudos to the writers and producers for being brave enough to do it.

    I'd highly recommend watching the actors too - they were all fantastic and often their expressions and movements mingled with their puppet counterparts with similarity and empathy in equal measure. You'd maybe expect them to not be able to hold notes as well as some other performers in 'normal' shows but not true - they were brilliant, and to be able to sing the way they do while being great puppeteers at the same time is all credit to them.

    The sets were also fantastic, even though they are pretty minimal.

    It IS rude, but you'd be hard pushed to find anything offensive about it.

    I was also sitting two seats along from Johnny Ball when I went, so that made the evening all the more enjoyable!

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    The internet is for p**n!!!

    Starts off on a completely silly premise, but it turns out to be a hundred laughs a minute, and well worth the money. You should definitely make it and meet Kate monster and her friends.

    Muppet-fans, beware! The show should be rated 18-muppet-years old and above ;) Sensitive souls should abstain

    No matter where you get tickets, you'll have a blast. Try mid-week or to get colleagues together and form a larger group as you can get better rates that way.

    • Qype User Bakers…
    • Dartford, Kent
    • 16 friends
    • 52 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/8/2010

    What more do I have to say about Avenue Q than It's the Funniest show on in the west end!
    As the bad idea bears would say go Watch it after some absinth daiquiris!

    • Qype User Smile…
    • London
    • 18 friends
    • 27 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    10/12/2007

    Went back for seconds this week end and took the parents (60-somethings) which was a bit of a gamble but they LOVED it. In fact they are still chuckling. It is naughty in a grown up muppets sort of way (there is a hilarious drunk puppet shagging scene which is set to a number 'make as much noise as you like - brilliant). Also be prepared for a heart braking coming out sub plot, a deeper quest for purpose and many quips and one liners that are so un pc and naughty but hugely amusing from the mouth of a cute puppet.

    Go go go and if you have already been go back with the parents.

    • Qype User back_a…
    • London
    • 21 friends
    • 90 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/10/2008

    This is a truly great Show and one recommended to those that don't even like the theatre, it's amazing what puppets can get away with saying!

    Like all good theatre don't put off going to see it as as they say apart from death and paying taxes, everything in life, is only for now

    • Qype User nori…
    • London
    • 17 friends
    • 134 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    12/10/2009

    Avenue Q is really witty and original, so different to the standard musicals. I had heard an awful lot about how brilliant this would be before I went, and although I thought it was funny it didn't live up to my expectations.

    Think that can be the case when you see something after hearing fantastic reviews.. I definately enjoyed the night and it's well worth going to see..

    • Qype User stepha…
    • London
    • 26 friends
    • 38 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/10/2008

    Honestly at first I was a little sceptical about Avenue Q. I just thought it was a children's show because of the puppets. However, people do not judge a book by its cover. This is a great show with giant puppets, swearing and all sorts but its very funny - alot of adult humour, which was really funny coming from overgrown puppets which looked like there were in sesame street.

    I am not a fan of musicals, but Avenue Q is a must see theatre show its very modern. Even the layout of the backgrounds and different scenes was really life like, even the puppets seem to be so life like. I saw Avenue Q a year ago and I would definately see it again.

    • Qype User ravs2…
    • London
    • 23 friends
    • 72 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    8/10/2008

    This show is great, I heard a lot about it, but was in two minds as it was with puppets, however when I saw it i loved it , it was so funny, recommended for a great night out, I would say its not really suitable for younger kids.
    Go watch it you waont regret it

    • Qype User Redsev…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 82 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    I had read plenty of great reviews for this show, so my expectations were high - these were almost completely met. The show is very funny, I would have preferred not to have been told all the best jokes, be careful not to research too thoroughly.

    Lastminute have a good deal for the show, so check the dates with them first. Also, I understand that the show is often for sale at the 1/2 price ticket booths in Leicester square.

    Highly recommended.

    • Qype User Gambit…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 49 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    The way that this show was described to me was as 'X Rated Muppets' so I thought I would give it a go as I like musicals and comedy so thought this was would be a good bet. And I'm glad to see I was definitely not disappointed! It was a brilliant show and had me laughing all the way through. The songs were great and very catchy, so much so that I was singing them for a good few days afterwards.

    It's very sad to see that the show will be ending in March so I advise you to catch it before it leaves - you won't regret it!!! :)

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    You absolutely have to see this before it closes. It's one of the funniest things I've ever seen on stage and is so cleverly done that you'll be amazed.

    The idea of a rude Muppet-type musical might not appeal to all, but trust me you'll love it. The puppets are really appealing, and while you can see the puppeteers the whole time it doesn't distract from the show at all - quite the opposite in fact as you find yourself wondering how they manage to all work so closely together and make it work so well.

    An everyday story of puppet and human folk, it tackles issues such as racism, relationships, how to earn a living and the purpose of the internet. You get so involved in it that at times you find yourself quite touched by some of what's going on, having laughed at a very crude joke only moments before.

    The songs are funny and the catchphrases are many. My favourite characters were the Bad Idea Bears (based on a not-dissimilar sounding children's range of cuddly toys) whose mission in life is to get others to do things that are a really bad idea.

    Avenue Q is definitely not for children and certainly not for the easily shocked, but for the rest of us it's a brilliant night out that will cheer you up in these credit crunch times.

    • Qype User debbie…
    • Reading
    • 4 friends
    • 133 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    22/1/2009

    This is a superbly funny puppet show basically. The jokes are rude and certainly not politically correct. The characters are great and you almost forget the human puppet-master!

    Your friends may look at you strangely when you say you're off to see a puppet show in the West End. Ignore them. Go and see for yourself just how fantastic this is.

    I believe it is coming an end in March - so go soon!

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/8/2010

    We were on row q, which was actualy fine as the place is fairly small, so don't worry about getting cheaper tix.
    The show, very funny and acuratley risqué :) weird concept realy but works well.
    one thing, not sure the whole Gary colleman thing works so well now...

    • Qype User ase…
    • Milan, Italy
    • 3 friends
    • 16 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/7/2008

    Why don't they do more shows like this? I loved every second of it & spent the next couple of weeks humming very inappropriate songs to myself.

    The adult themes & the puppetry work so well & encourage the inner child that most of us still have to enjoy themselves & behave in a slightly ridiculous manner (well, me, anyway!).

    I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of humour, although it isn't one for those easily offended!

    Puppet sex rocks!!!

    • Qype User janey_…
    • Watford, Hertfordshire
    • 4 friends
    • 51 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Ok, so it's not high brow or especially classy, but AQ is a good giggle. Tickets for it are usually available at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square (the official one in the middle - not the dodgy ones all around the shops) and you can usually pick them up for about £20 each. The show is a basic concept of an adult version of sesame street, with social issues and jokes about contemporary issues. I thought it could have been a bit smarter than it is given it is a comedy show, but you can't please everyone!
    There were some kids in the audience when I saw it which I found a bit surprising as it is definitely an adult show - more because of the fact that they are sarcastic about social issues which a kid may misunderstand (for example the song 'everyone's a little bit racist').
    Recommended for a night our with mates. Not recommended for a special occasion.

    • Qype User mdanie…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 47 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    I'd heard nothing but rave reviews about this show - It was promoted as an X rated version of the muppets and it certainly was that, but I'd have much preferred to watch an episode of The Muppet Show on TV than to watch this dross.

    The puppets are as rude as has been promised, but whoever wrote this seemed to think that puppets swearing and having sex is funny. Wrong. It was vaguely amusing the first time, but after the 5th time it gets tiring. Don't get me wrong - some of the show was amusing and it made me laugh, but most of it dragged and the majority of the songs were unmemorable. Unfortunately, the main problem was that the script sorely lacked consistent wit. Add to this the bum-numbing length and it was a fairly unenjoyable night out.

    Two members of our group of four did like it though, but for me it was a good idea poorly executed.

    • Qype User rhinor…
    • Norwich, Norfolk
    • 4 friends
    • 50 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    I'm afraid I wasn't 'wowed' by this as much as some people have been. I'd say it was good but not fantastic and I was expecting it to be better than it was. I believed the hype a bit too much!

    The performances were all good, and the puppetry was impressive, but I think it was amusing rather that hilariously funny.

    There was a mention in the programme that the writer is working with the creators of South Park, and that's no great surprise as it's a similar type of humour.

    I'd say it'd be a good night out as long as you're not expecting it too be the funniest thing you've ever seen!

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/11/2008

    It's a puppet show, it's a musical, it's an adult version of Sesame Street call it what you like, I'd just call it a fun night out. The interesting thing about this musical is the way you can actually see the actors singing right next to the puppets, and some actors are responsible for more than 1 puppet. While it has puppets in the show I don't think I'd recommend kids to see it as some of the lyrics at least PG rated and there's a puppet sex scene involved (yes I'm traumatized for life).

    • Qype User Gourme…
    • London
    • 41 friends
    • 102 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/9/2008

    Hilarious. I cannot recommend this musical highly enough (although not really kid friendly). An adult take on sesame street.

    • Qype User jennya…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 51 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    I loved Avenue Q. Often when you go to the theatre, you find yourself thinking hmm, yes, I can see that that is amusing, don't I feel cultural?, rather than actually laughing as you would at a film or comedy show. But this isdefinitely the latter. I went with three friends and it has us all rolling in the aisles ; it's definitely the best long-running show in the West End at the moment. The idea is very original; it's basically puppets singing rude songs. It's hard to imagine, but I assure you, it's good! It's pretty offensive, but it manages to draw the line in the right place.

    • Qype User tomgur…
    • London
    • 17 friends
    • 34 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/10/2008

    I liked how this show differs a lot from the usual stuff that you might go to see in the West End. The theatre is in a very competitive area when it comes to theatre but the uniqueness of this show should ensure its future popularity.
    I took a date here, and perhaps for some would be a little crude, but for us it was very funny.

    Unfortunately i had been given no prior warning as to the poor view of our seats, which was a little embarrassing as i had organised the evening. There was also no obstructed-view note on the tickets either.

    But anyway, we has a good time, and was one of my better visits to this hectic part of town.

    • Qype User flower…
    • Oxford
    • 24 friends
    • 58 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/6/2008

    Good fun, the whole puppet thing really works well and you can't help singing along to the very catchy songs. Only complaint is as with many of the older, small theatres is the uncomfortable and very cramped seating.

    • Qype User Gothic…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 80 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    GO SEE IT!!!! I've seen it 3 times now. Amazing funny just goooo seeee!

    • Qype User JujWal…
    • London
    • 32 friends
    • 210 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/2/2008

    I can't quite explain how much I LOVE this musical. It is the funniest thing I have ever seen. I saw it last July and I still laugh when I think of it, and get pangs of jealousy every time I hear that someone else is going to see it. I actually groaned out loud in a restaurant the other night when I overheard the two ladies next to me telling the waiter they wanted a quick meal because they were 'rushing off to Avenue Q'. That was embarrassing.

    • Qype User Ply…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 6 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/11/2008

    Great show! one for everyone, even people who do'nt usually like the theatre.

    • Qype User claire…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    I loved avenue q. Its quick witted humour and funny songs made the performance very enjoyable. The puppets and the actors that held and sung were truly amazing. Although from the outside the puppets look like a cross between Sesame Street and the Muppets when they open their mouths it is a whole different story. My favourite songs were 'if you were gay' and 'the internet is for porn'. It is truly an amazing musical and I can't wait to return to see it again, however I would warn you that it is now suitable for children! I hope if you see it you have as good a time as me!

    • Qype User Superk…
    • London
    • 21 friends
    • 98 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    I loved this show. It is rude but only in a funny way, the acting is absorbing, there is a storyline and the cast are great fun. There is a strange mix of real actors and people with puppets, but it works. I would reccomend this as a fun show for older teenagers and grown ups.

    • Qype User dw2…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 39 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    31/10/2007

    This is a fantastic musical starring various puppets. Yes, I know it sounds like a kid's show, but this couldn't be further from the truth! Instead, be prepared for a politically incorrect offering with some of the funniest one liners I have ever heard in the theatre. Songs like The Internet is for Porn" and "What do you do with a BA in English?" should give you an idea of what to expect! It tells the story of a puppet who hits a quarter life crisis and how he resolves it in a fun way with some incredibly catchy tunes and great laughs. Don't miss it!

    • Qype User vicky1…
    • Peterborough
    • 3 friends
    • 46 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/11/2008

    Possibly one of the funniest performances I have ever been to see. Its that strange cross between musical, puppets, and adult humour. A great mix! As some of the context is only understandable to certain age groups, a younger audience could also find it amusing, without really realising what it is that is funny! The ticket prices are fair, and are extremely reasonable considering the great time you will have when watching this. If you like the weirder comedies in life, this is definitely worth watching! A great way to finish a day in London, or to start it if you go for a matinee viewing.

    • Qype User Jimenc…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 57 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    Anticipating a bit of a slapstick mess, this was so cleverly done that it would have been brilliant without the (puerile) jokes. And I love puerile jokes. It takes a couple of scenes to get used to the fact that people are on stage with the puppets, but it adds to it, and you feel the character of each coming across. It is laugh out loud, tears down face funny and very immature.

    • Qype User jo1320…
    • Ilkeston, Derbyshire
    • 5 friends
    • 80 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/12/2008

    Wonderful musical, so funny and moving at different times. Intresting concept with the puppets, get to see it before it closes! Great songs but not suitable for children!

    • Qype User London…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 21 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    4/2/2011

    Seen it twice - loved it both times. Not a show for reserved and easily offended! Expect rude language and overt references to sex.

    • Qype User Wynn…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 27 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/1/2008

    Where else can you see Sesame Street-esque puppets f**king and swearing on stage? This award-winning musical has been imported from New York city, but seems to have adapted quite well to its London venue. Both cities are host to a similar glut of out-of-work Bachelor's degree graduates living 'la vie boheme' of RENT days albeit with a better sense of self-preservation and inherent bourgeois identity. This musical will appeal to all those who see themselves in this description (however reluctantly) and who can understand the sad irony and inherent hope of songs like "What do I do with a BA in English?" that win their writers Tony awards.

    • Qype User jondar…
    • Enfield, Republic of Ireland
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/11/2010

    An adult Muppets would be the best way to describe this show, I really didn't know what to expect, which was good. With every scene and every song there was a laught to be had. It was worth watching, I don't know if I would go and see it again though.

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