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Welcome back to the roaring twenties! Jay Gatsby invites you to one of his infamous parties. The champagne flows and as the drama unfolds the man himself will be the perfect host. As invites go, this is the hottest ticket in town. A hedonistic world of red hot rhythms, bootleg liquor and pure jazz age self-indulgence awaits. Dress to the nines and immerse yourself in this heart racing adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal tale. Olivier Award-winning producers Hartshorn – Hook Productions, bring back London’s longest running immersive theatrical production. The Great Gatsby, directed by Alexander Wright, will re-open in the heart of the West End following all current government guidelines and Covid safety measures
Telling a joyous true story of friendship in the wake of crisis, Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s heart-warming musical has Come From Away to the West End, where it was named Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard. One of four Olivier wins for the hit show – which also included Outstanding Achievement in Music, Best Theatre Choreographer (for Kelly Devine) and Best Sound Design (for Gareth Owen) – the musical has a glittering array of accolades to its name. Before arriving in London, it played record-breaking runs in Canada, across the USA and on Broadway, where it was also nominated for seven Tony Awards (winning Best Direction of a Musical). Come From Away tells the incredible real-life tale of the 7,000 air passengers grounded in Canada after 9/11. On 11 September 2001 the world stopped in the wake of crisis. On 12 September, their stories moved us all. Set in the small Newfoundland community of Gander, which invited these “come from aways” into their homes and lives, the musical shows how, despite initial nerves and tensions, uneasiness soon gave way to trust. And as music soared into the night, gratitude grew into friendship, and hope, humanity and unity prevailed. Through a colourful and spirited cast of characters, Come From Away is brought to life by the Tony and Grammy-nominated writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein. West End favourite Alice Fearn leads an ensemble cast which also includes Alasdair Harvey and Kate Graham who previously starred in Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre. The musical has earned widespread plaudits, and is now – true to its globe-trotting subject matter – making its way all over the world, with an Australian production confirmed for summer 2019, and a feature film adaptation in the works. Come From Away features spectacular musical staging by Kelly Devine, music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover this remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world.
You would think audiences would have sussed out the culprit by now, but we’re still searching more than 60 years after famous murder mystery The Mousetrap‘s first performance in London. Written by Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap is one of the most famous whodunnits in the world, having been enjoyed by London theatregoers since 25th November 1952. Its central characters, gathered together in a remote corner of the countryside, discover there is a murderer in their midst. But, as ever, the question is: who did it? Giles and Mollie Ralston run a hotel in the country, but when a snowstorm hits the area they find themselves far busier than expected. They open the doors to more guests than usual – good for business – but a phone call from the local police changes the tone. A dangerous murderer is on the loose, and all of a sudden, they can’t trust anyone. Giles and Mollie, along with their new guests – Mrs Boyle, Christopher Wren, Miss Casewell, Major Metcalf and Mr Paravicini – spend the proceeding hours on edge, all wondering where the night will take them and if they’ll ever find the killer. The Mousetrap is by far the longest running play in the world, opening in Nottingham on 6 October 1952 and transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952. The Mousetrap ran there until 23 March 1974, when it moved next door to the larger St Martin’s Theatre, reopening to the public on Monday 25 March. It has been playing at the St Martin’s ever since, and is a much-loved cornerstone of London’s thriving theatre scene. So popular is The Mousetrap at St Martin’s Theatre that, according to theatrical legend, attendees of the show should always tip their taxi drivers – or risk having the ending spoiled for them! On 18 November 2012 a special charity performance of The Mousetrap celebrated the the production’s 60th Anniversary and its 25,000th performance. The cast featured Hugh Bonneville, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters and Miranda Hart. During The Mousetrap’s London run, cast members have set a number of records: David Raven is noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the Most Durable Actor, an accolade he gained after giving 4,575 performances as Major Metcalfe, and Nancy Seabrooke spent a record-breaking 15 years working as an understudy on The Mousetrap. Theatrical history was also made by having an original “cast member” survive all the years and all the cast changes since opening night. The late Deryck Guyler has technically “acted” in every show, and can still be heard, via a recording, reading the radio news bulletin in the play to this day. Don’t miss this beloved and brilliant play in the West End.
From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is the new biographical musical which follows the story of a global icon, featuring her much loved songs. Presented in association with Tina Turner herself, Tina-The Tina Turner Musical was nominated for Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard. Throughout her career, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner first rose to fame in the 1960s, partnering with her then-husband Ike Turner, achieving great acclaim for their live performances and catalogue of hits. The duo’s releases at the time included the likes of A Fool In Love (1960) and River Deep – Mountain High (1966). Divorce from Ike followed in 1978, with Tina Turner going on to enjoy an international solo career which saw her win 11 Grammy Awards. Her string of hits included Let’s Stay Together (1983), What’s Love Got To Do With It (1984 – Tina’s biggest hit, winning four Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year), The Best (1988), I Don’t Wanna Fight (1993) and the Bond theme tune GoldenEye (1995). A Tina Turner musical has long been suggested for the theatre – her biographical film was released in 1993, and she has also starred in numerous major movies, including opposite Mel Gibson in the 1985 action film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The revered singer was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and has often been voted as one of the most successful female Rock ‘n’ Roll artists of all time. Her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical made its stunning world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre in April 2018, written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall, and continues to have West End audiences revelling in Simply The Best iconic sounds.
The beloved Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical Jersey Boys returns to London’s West End, opening at the new multi-million pound reinstated Trafalgar Theatre, with a new, larger auditorium and stage. Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. Casting is to be announced. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning, true-life phenomenon, Jersey Boys. They were just four guys from New Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s too good to be true. The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You. Recipient of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 65 major awards and has been seen by over 27 million people worldwide. Jersey Boys at the Trafalgar Theatre will be staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by the Tony Award-winning team of director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projections design by Michael Clark. The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.
Disney’s The Lion King is the much-loved musical stage adaptation of the hugely successful animated film. Disney’s award-winning musical is now in its 20th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre, having entertained over 15 million theatregoers and become the West End’s sixth longest-running musical of all time. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti, the awe-inspiring musical is directed by Julie Taymor, who also designed the Olivier Award-winning costumes that transform the stage and auditorium of the Lyceum Theatre into the African plains. Occupied by lions, giraffes, birds, zebras, hyenas and even a stampede of wildebeest, the show is perhaps most famous for its Circle Of Life opening number, which provides one of the most spectacular sights and atmospheres in the West End. When the young lion prince Simba is born, his evil uncle Scar is pushed back to second in line to the throne. Unimpressed with his future prospects, Scar plots to kill both Simba and his father, Mufasa, becoming king in the process. Young Simba survives the heinous plot but is led to believe that his father died because of him. Devastated, he flees the kingdom and soon finds a carefree life. But without a real king, the pride soon falls on hard times and a hero is needed to bring back prosperity. Released in 1994, The Lion King quickly became one of Disney’s most popular modern movies. At the 1995 Oscars it won the awards for Best Music: Original Score for Hans Zimmer’s score and Best Music: Original Song for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight. Two of the film’s other songs – Circle Of Life and Hakuna Matata – were also nominated. Both score and songs feature in the stage musical adaptation, along with some new material. The musical adaptation debuted at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, going on to win six Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre in 1997. The show transferred to the Lyceum Theatre in October 1999, where it was nominated for eight Olivier Awards, and it participated at the Royal Variety Performance in 1999 and 2008 in the presence of the Royal Family. A spectacular stage production in which astounding spectacle, uplifting heart and beloved music and lyrics combine, Disney’s The Lion King is not to be missed.
Practically perfect in every way, the supercalifragilistic multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins returns to its original West End home, the Prince Edward Theatre. Mary Poppins tickets fly off the shelves everywhere the production goes, so be sure to grab yours! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the original beloved Disney film, this double Olivier Award-winning production uses breathtaking choreography, unforgettable songs and magical effects to tell an enchanting story of family and friendship. Seen by over 12 million people worldwide, Mary Poppins follows the world’s favourite nanny who, upon arriving in Cherry Tree Lane, transforms the lives of the dysfunctional Banks family. The production sees Zizi Strallen (Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Follies) return to the titular role, having previously played Mary Poppins on tour in the UK, Ireland and in Dubai, alongside Charlie Stemp (Snow White At The London Palladium, Half A Sixpence) as Bert. This production of Mary Poppins has enjoyed acclaim all around the globe. This includes a Tony Award-winning six-year run on Broadway, as well as touring stints in Australia, North America, the UK and Ireland, New Zealand, Holland, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, Dubai, Japan and Germany. It now returns to the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre, fifteen years after its triumphant opening there in December 2004, where it played for over 1,250 performances. Adapted for the stage by Jullian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and co-directed by Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne, Mary Poppins features the original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, including the timeless tunes Jolly Holiday, Step In Time, Feed The Birds and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. There are also new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier Award-winning British duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, including musical classics Practically Perfect and Anything Can Happen. Prepare yourself to be transfixed, amazed and delighted by this iconic stage adventure sure to sweep the whole family away. Book your Mary Poppins tickets here.
Experience the epic emotion, soaring music and breathtaking dance of the “massive new stage show” (Time Out) from multi Grammy® and Academy Award®-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell). Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever. With a huge cast and orchestra of 60 artists, this “truly phenomenal production” (BBC London) is based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film and features the international best-selling, Academy Award®-winning song When You Believe. Including 10 new songs written by Schwartz, and a book by Philip LaZebnik, The Prince Of Egypt musical incorporates 5 of the acclaimed songs from the film, including Deliver Us, All I Ever Wanted, Through Heaven’s Eyes and the Academy Award-winning number, When You Believe. The creative team for The Prince Of Egypt in the West End will be headed up by director Scott Schwartz (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame). Choreography is by Sean Cheesman (So You Think You Can Dance), with set design by Kevin Depinet, costumes from Tony Award winner Ann Hould-Ward (The Beauty And The Beast), lighting design by Mike Billings, sound by three-time Olivier Award winner Gareth Owen, and projection by Olivier Award winner Jon Driscoll. Luke Brady and Liam Tamne will lead the cast of The Prince Of Egypt musical in London as Moses and Ramses respectively. Luke is best-known for playing Anthony Hope in Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed West End revival of Sweeney Todd, while Liam most recently starred as Giuseppe Naccarelli in The Light In The Piazza. Christine Allado (formerly Peggy/Maria Reynolds in Hamilton) plays Tzipporah, with Alexia Khadime (Wicked, The Lion King and Les Mis) as Miriam. The Prince Of Egypt film premiered in 1998, with a voice cast which included Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren – and more. This new stage adaptation of the film originally premiered at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (where it won the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award) and Fredericia Teater Denmark. Now, it transfers to the West End to captivate London audiences. The Prince Of Egypt tickets are now available via Official London Theatre.
It’s big. Huge. Pretty Woman: The Musical is returning to the West End. After breaking advance box office records at the Piccadilly Theatre when it opened in February 2020, the smash hit feel-good PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL returns to the West End this Summer in its new home the Savoy Theatre, with performances from 8 July 2021. One of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time is now coming to the West End! Pretty Woman: The Musical features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (Summer Of ’69, Heaven) and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Aimie Atkinson (Six, In The Heights) will play Vivian Ward and Danny Mac (White Christmas, Sunset Boulevard) will play Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman: The Musical. The musical has already proved a hit success in America – it premiered at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in March 2018 before jumping over to Broadway until August this year. During the Broadway run, Pretty Woman: The Musical broke the box office record four times and won three Audience Choice Awards. The countdown is on, so grab your Pretty Woman: The Musical tickets here and don’t miss a show that will sweep you off your feet.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has returned to its home, Her Majesty’s Theatre London, and tickets are on sale for performance until 13th February 2022. Experience the thrill of the West End’s most haunting love story, starring double Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly as The Phantom, Lucy St. Louis as Christine Daaé and Rhys Whitfield as Raoul. The Phantom Awaits… Based on Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel of life beneath the stage of the Paris Opera House, the musical first opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles, and has gone on to be one of the most successful theatre productions of all time. Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House hides the Phantom, living a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, he “haunts” the backstage and public areas. Falling in love with a young chorus singer, Christine Daaé, he transforms her into a star. When the Phantom’s love for his beautiful protégée grows so strong that he asks her to spend her life with him in his subterranean kingdom, he is devastated when she is rescued by her lover – and vows revenge. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score, along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night. The show has won over 70 major theatre awards, including three Olivier Awards in the West End and seven Tonys on Broadway. It was the winner of the Olivier Audience Award, voted by the public, in the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards. The Phantom Of The Opera is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Stockholm and on tour in the US. Now in its 34th year, The Phantom Of The Opera continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, after more than 12,000 performances, having become the first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion. Worldwide, a staggering 140 million people have seen The Phantom Of The Opera in 35 countries and 160 cities in 15 languages.
It’s time to change musical theatre history! This new musical adventure based on the 1985 blockbuster and pop culture phenomenon is brought to the stage by the movie’s co-writers, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly is a rock ‘n’ roll teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown. But before he can return to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents fall in love in order to save his own existence. Back To The Future The Musical has a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode. Roger Bart and Olly Dobson will reprise the roles of ‘Dr Emmett Brown’ and ‘Marty McFly’ respectively. Also returning are Hugh Coles as ‘George McFly’, Rosanna Hyland as ‘Lorraine Baines’, Cedric Neal as ‘Goldie Wilson’, Aidan Cutler as ‘Biff Tannen’ and Courtney-Mae Briggs as ‘Jennifer Parker’. Further casting to be announced. Directed by Tony Award-winning director John Rando (Urinetown, On The Town), alongside the multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning design team of Tim Hatley (set and costume design), lighting design by Tim Lutkin, lighting consultant Hugh Vanstone, Gareth Owen (sound) and Finn Ross (video), with choreography by Chris Bailey, musical supervision and arrangements by Nick Finlow and Illusions by Chris Fisher. Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, with dance arrangements by David Chase. Casting is by David Grindrod Associates.
The phenomenally successful The Play That Goes Wrong brings its unique brand of chaotic comedy tale to London’s Duchess Theatre. But something must be going very right for the disaster-riddled show, with its riotous escapades winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015, now playing in the West End and theatres across the globe. The Play That Goes Wrong follows the antics of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are trying their very best to stage a production of a 1920s murder mystery, similar in ilk to other West End shows. But as the show’s title might suggest, this is not as easy as it sounds, with everything that can go wrong… well, doing just that. Watch out for collapsing sets, forgotten lines, broken fourth walls, absent props and unfortunate injuries aplenty. Despite the setbacks, the actors struggle bravely to reach the final curtain, in events packed with Keaton-esque slapstick, finely-tuned fast and a wealth of physical comedy. Rib-tickling guaranteed. The remarkable rags-to-riches story of the production shows no signs of slowing down. Having started its life at a London fringe venue, the Old Red Lion Theatre, with only four paying customers at the first performance, the show first moved to Trafalgar Studios and then on to the Duchess Theatre. It has since played to an audience of over two million. Having transferred to Broadway in early 2017, the hit show was playing simultaneously in twelve countries, with foreign language productions in France, Israel and Italy, and claimed a Tony Award in 2017 for Best Scenic Design of a Play. The comedy was written by original Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, the masterminds also behind Olivier Award-nominated comedies Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.