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42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she's always dreamed of...
Lulu returns to the West End to join the cast of 42nd Street in the iconic role of ‘Dorothy Brock’, from 19 March 2018 for a limited 16 Weeks Only. Tom Lister and Clare Halse continue as ‘Julian Marsh’ and ‘Peggy Sawyer’ respectively, and will be joined by Ashley Day (An American in Paris) who takes on the role of ‘Billy Lawlor’.
Winner of 4 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best Musical Revival, 42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway, featuring the iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames and I Only Have Eyes For You. With the West End’s biggest cast, this is a 5 star musical like no other, entertainment doesn’t get bigger than this.
Age Guidance: 5+
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes with an interval
An extraordinary creative team is led by director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Music is by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) with lyrics from Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Chad Beguelin (Elf), who also wrote the book.
The lead roles of Aladdin and Jasmine will be taken by rising British stars Matthew Croke and Jade Ewen (In the Heights). Broadway’s Trevor Dion Nicholas will make his London stage debut as the Genie.
With stunning sets from multi-award-winning designer Bob Crowley and over 350 beautiful costumes from Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots), ALADDIN is an unmissable event in London theatre.
Age Guidance: 6+
Warning: This production contains theatrical smoke & fog effects, pyrotechnics, strobe lighting & loud noises.
In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded on to the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas. The sharpest Mod of all was known as a 'FACE'. THE SMALL FACES encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed, and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to 'Rhythm n Blues.'
Featuring the music of the Small Faces
The Band is a new musical about what it's like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16 year-old friends in 1992, 'the band' is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with the group of friends, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.
With the winning team (Five to Five) from "Let it Shine".
Bat Out of Hell went on to become one of the most successful and iconic rock albums of all time; but it was originally written as a musical. 40 years after its release, Jim Steinman’s exhilarating tale of star-crossed lovers ‘changed the way musicals are staged forever’ (North West End) as a boundary-pushing spectacle featuring thrilling performances of legendary hits by Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf.
Bat Out of Hell takes place in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, as the forever-young Strat and his out-of-control gang The Lost roam the streets under the rule of the tyrant Falco. One day, Strat’s bleak existence is broken when he falls for Falco’s daughter Raven. Explosive and full of belting tracks, this ‘jaw-dropping spectacle’ is a full-throttle ride towards the rock and roll dream, punctuated by love and rebellion.
The musical features 17 of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits, such as ‘I’d Do Anything for Love’, ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’, and obviously, ‘Bat Out of Hell’.
The Book of Mormon has opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards, and with sensational reviews and sell out shows, The Book Of Mormon tickets are some of the hottest in the West End. The Book of Mormon, is written by the creators of South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone and the co-creator of Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. The Book of Mormon follows the story of two young Mormon missionaries working to spread the word of the Latter Day saints to the locals in a small town in Uganda.
Age Guidance: 12+
Warning: Contains very strong language, haze, gunshots and loud noises
Running Time - 2 hours 30 minutes with an interval
New York City, 1923. An ageing Gibran narrates from his cold studio. Through poetry and music, he transports us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut. His eighteen-year-old self returns to The Middle East after five years in America, to complete his education and discover more of his heritage. He falls deeply in love with Selma Karamy, the daughter of family friend and hugely respected local businessman, Farris Karamy. However, Selma soon becomes betrothed to Mansour Bey Galib, nephew of the powerful Bishop Bulos Galib, who has one eye on the Karamy family fortune. Gibran and Selma fight to reconcile their love for one another, whilst navigating the rules, traditions and expectations that their society lays before them.
Louisiana, 1963, in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Caroline, a black maid to a southern Jewish family, is struggling to keep afloat emotionally and economically, while the young son of her employer tries to make sense of the world following the death of his mother. A musical exploration of human relationships, love, loss and social transformation.
The first West End production of Chess since 1986 starring Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Tim Howar, Cassidy Janson and Cedric Neal. This epic musical love story, will open at the London Coliseum on Thursday 26 April for a strictly limited five week season.
Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita), Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.
Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves. Includes the international hit singles ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’. Other well-known songs from the score include ‘Anthem’, ‘Someone Else’s Story’, ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.
The dazzling multi-award-winning tale of nightclub singer Roxie Hart, her cell-block rival Velma Kelly and the smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn has thrilled audiences in London, Broadway and across the world from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa since 1996.
With the original Broadway choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and a sizzling score featuring the classic songs “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango” and “All That Jazz”, Chicago is so good it should be illegal.
Starring Academy Award-Winner Cuba Gooding Jnr as Billy Flynn, Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly and Ruthie Henshall as Mama Morton.
Don’t miss out, book now. It’d be a crime to miss it…
Starring Rosalie Craig, Patti Lupone & Mel Giedroyc
Experience Company, the legendary Broadway musical, as never before | Opens September 2018 for a strictly limited run at the Gielgud Theatre.
Director Marriane Elliot’s new production of Stephen Sondheim’s and George Furth’s musical features a woman in the lead role of Bobby for the first time ever. Rosalie Craig stars as Bobbi with Tony and Olivier award-winner Patti LuPone in the role of Joanne and Mel Giedroyc, one of the UK’s most loved performers, as Sarah.
At her 35th birthday party, all Bobbi’s friends wonder why she isn’t married. Why is it she can’t seem to find the right man, settle down, and start a family? This iconic musical comedy about life, love, and marriage features some of Sondheim’s most iconic songs: “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Being Alive,” and “Side by Side.”
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called 'The Dreams', as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the classic songs 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going', 'I Am Changing' and 'One Night Only'.
The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist(s). Amber Riley is currently scheduled to play the role of Effie White for seven out of eight performances per week. One of the alternates will perform on one out of eight performances per week, currently scheduled on Monday evenings. This is subject to change and may be affected by holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers’ control.
A brand new musical based on the BBC Three documentary "Jamie: Drag Queen at 16" following real-life teenager Jamie Campbell, who wants to be a drag queen.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, a fearless, funny, and fabulous new musical sensation with catchy songs by Dan Gillespie Sells (lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling) and writer Tom MacRae, comes to the Apollo Theatre.
At sixteen years old, Jamie New lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Though Jamie doesn’t quite fit in and is terrified about the future, he knows one thing: Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by friends and a brilliant, loving mum, Jamie struggles past prejudice and bullies to step out of the darkness and into the spotlight.
TOMMY STEELE RETURNS TO LONDON’S COLISEUM 60 YEARS AFTER STARRING IN RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
As his legion of fans already know, Tommy Steele – Britain’s first Rock and Roll Star – made his legitimate debut in 1958 starring in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which enjoyed a sold out run at London’s Coliseum Theatre. What they probably don’t know is that the inspiration for Tommy’s extraordinary career was an American band leader whose music Tommy had worshipped from the moment he first heard it in his early teens.
And so, 60 years on, TOMMY STEELE returns to THE LONDON COLISEUM to salute his idol GLENN MILLER, in a new musical celebration…
Featuring the authentic sounds of In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and many more…
…the life, fame and untimely death of the big band leader whose music defined an era is celebrated in THE GLENN MILLER SHOW.
A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Paraded as a freak, then celebrated as a star, only the love of a sightless girl can reveal his terrible secret.
Set in a fantastical world created by designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell), and brought to life with the “astonishing puppetry” (WhatsOnStage) of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness at the Trafalgar Studios.
From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation American became.
Due to phenomenal demand, the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I has extended its engagement for a final three weeks to Saturday 29th September at London's iconic Palladium. This is the very last opportunity West End audiences will have to see the Broadway stars reprise their original roles on the London stage.
Five extra matinees on Thursdays (30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September) have beenadded to the London Palladium performance schedule. This follows continued unprecedented demand for tickets, with early performances already sold out
Making their West End debuts are the original Broadway stars; reprising her Tony Awardwinning performance and ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times), Kelli O’Hara (Anna), Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King), and reprising her Tony Award-winning performance, Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang). Joining the cast are West End star of Aladdin, Dean John-Wilson and Na-Young Jeon as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim.
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
With a superior score of treasured songs including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre. The greatest musical from the golden age of musicals. A once in a life time opportunity – book now for performances to 29th September.
Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father's Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.
Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s Broadway comedy classic comes to London for the very first time.
A charming homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare and an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre, Cole Porter’s witty, jazz-inflected score features hit after hit, with show-stopping numbers including ‘Another Op’nin’ Another Show,’ ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare,’ ‘Always True to You in My Fashion’ and ‘Too Darn Hot.’
Bringing together performers from the worlds of both opera and the West End, with the incredible sound of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North the magical sound of Broadway and the golden age of MGM musicals springs back to life on the London Coliseum stage.
Knights of the Rose, an epic medieval tale featuring a timeless playlist of classic rock songs. Headlined by five unforgettable Bon Jovi masterpieces and accompanied by much loved songs from Bonnie Tyler, Meatloaf, No Doubt and more. In this epic tale of betrayal, love, bloodshed and redemption, the noble Knights of the Rose must defend their House and their honour. Even as the chivalrous knights return from a glorious victory, a greater threat against the kingdom stirs. As they face the greatest battle of the age and betrayal threatens to tear them apart, can true love and honour triumph? With rich interwoven literature from Marlowe, Shakespeare and Chaucer mixed with legendary classic rock music; Knights of the Rose is a glorious fusion of popular culture, evocative of Game of Thrones and Bat out of Hell.
Based on elements of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables this musical is one of the most successful around the world. Les Miserables opened at the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985, following a sell-out season at the Barbican. Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the 'ticket-of-leave' he must display by law, condemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop of Digne treats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by the police, and is astonished when the Bishop lies to save him, also giving him two precious candlesticks. Valjean decides to start his life anew. Things go well but 8 years later, an encounter with a face from the past threatens everything he now holds dear..
A blood sucking, flesh eating plant from outer-space called Audrey and Seymour the florists assistant provides high comedy in this cult musical. Songs such as "Feed Me" and "Who'd Be A Dentist".
Please note: the auditorium and stage are completely uncovered and shows in the main theatre repertoire may be cancelled or abandoned because of the weather (this excludes films and one-off live music and comedy shows which are never cancelled because of the weather). Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged in accordance with the policy set out in section 5 of Regent’s Park Theatre’s terms and conditions which are at www.openairtheatre.com/terms. Pre-purchased food and drink will be available whatever the weather and no exchange can be offered for these. Otherwise, please be aware that all ticket purchases are nonexchangeable and non-refundable unless a show is cancelled for non-weather related reasons.
Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.
Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget!
Since premiering in London more than 16 years ago, this irresistibly funny comedy has thrilled over 54 million people all around the world and there's never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical in the West End, where it all began. Whatever age you are, you can‘t help but have the time of your life at Mamma Mia!
In Matilda, the central character is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her parents but impresses her schoolteacher and, over the course of her first term at school, teacher and pupil have a profound effect on each other's lives.
Roald Dahl's much-loved story bursts into life on stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Suitable for ages 6+.
With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
Based on the Victor Hugo classic novel in which a hunchback who dwells in the bell tower of Notre Dame Catherdral in Paris falls in love with the beautiful Esmerelda. Notre Dame de Paris, first opened in Paris in September 1998 to rave reviews and a massive public response, selling over 600,000 tickets in six months, and a subsequent four-month tour of Canada sold out more than 300,000 tickets. The musical has also played a sell-out tour of France, Belgium and Switzerland, with ticket sales exceeding one million.
The original French production in London will be performed with English surtitles and a live orchestra.
Set below the stage of the Paris Opera - a horribly deformed ex -performer 'haunts' the backstage and public areas - insisting that he has a box for his own private use. He falls in love with a beautiful young chorus singer and trains his pupil (who never sees him) to take over the star role. She excels and everyone wonders where she came from and how she developed such a beautiful voice. The Phantom, who has now revealed himself to her, decides to take her with him to spend her life in his subterranean lair but she is rescued by her lover.
Talent! Where does it come from? Is it a product of environment, something you pick up off the street. Or is talent something you're born with, something passed down from generation to generation, something in the blood? Meet Judy Denmark, a wife and mother leading an idyllic suburban life. And although Judy has absolutely no talent whatsoever, her only child, her daughter Tina, has been blessed with a great deal of talent. Blessed ... or dare I say cursed! Eight year old Tina Denmark, destined for stardom, will do anything to win the lead role in her school musical. ANYTHING....
In School of Rock - The Musical, down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.
A writer has just one hour to create a hit show to impress his producer. Stuck for ideas, he takes audience suggestions for a title, storylines and musical styles that they'd like to see in the show. The Showstoppers then create a musical from scratch based around that structure. Utterly unpredictable, frequently side-splittingly funny, packed with drama and featuring dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies, Showstopper! leaves delighted audiences singing all the way home.
DIVORCED. BEHEADED. LIVE IN CONCERT!
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of sisterly sass-itude.
Following last year’s sell out pop-concert musical, SIX returns triumphantly to the Arts Theatre powered by an all-female band.
Meet Scott Hastings. Ballroom Dancer. Future champion. Rebel.
When Scott’s radical dance moves raise eyebrows with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner who has no moves at all. Inspiring each other, the couple find the courage to defy both convention and their families - and discover that to be a winner, your steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom...
Adapted from Baz Luhrmann’s beloved and award-winning film, STRICTLY BALLROOM has been transformed into a glorious stage musical. Combining the story’s heart, comedy and drama with white-hot dance, eye-popping costumes by four-time Oscar-winner Catherine Martin and over 40 classic chart hits including Time After Time, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps and Love is in the Air, director and choreographer Drew McOnie has created an unforgettable production that will make your heart soar and your feet want to dance!
STRICTLY BALLROOM is now previewing at London’s Piccadilly Theatre, and stars Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and the sensational Will Young, alongside a dazzlingly talented company of the West End’s finest actors, singers and dancers.
A musical celebration featuring the hit songs of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5. Thriller is a stage and video spectacular celebrating the wonderful music of one of the greatest entertainers of modern times, Michael Jackson. The show has mind-blowing choreography and brilliant vocal performances as Jackson's amazing songs and videos are brought to life on stage. A full company of 40 performers including singers, dancers, a gospel choir and live band put on a mind blowing show, with over two hours of back to back hit songs including I Want You Back, I'll Be There, Rock With You, She's Out of My Life, Billie Jean and Earth Song. Michael Jackson died 25th June 2009.
One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 11 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.
Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.
Presented in association with Tina Turner.
WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
With show-stopping songs by Stephen Schwartz and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman from the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED is an unforgettable musical that transports audiences to a stunningly re-imagined world of Oz, providing marvels beyond your imagination.
Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his classic monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical collaboration with Tony-award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman.
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen’) inherits a castle in Transylvania leading him to fulfill his grandfather's legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from hunchback henchman Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiance Elizabeth, his experiment yields madcap success and monstrous consequences.
Age Guidance:10+ with guidance of mild adult themes and humour
Warning: This production contains theatrical smoke & fog effects, pyrotechnics, strobe lighting & loud noises.
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes with an interval