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The show focuses on the unmarried Lizzie living in a small western town besieged by a long drought. Lizzie is dealing with another type of drought: her love life. Intelligent yet plain, she is worried that she will soon become an old maid with no one to love her. When a charismatic man named Starbuck arrives and claims the ability to make rain, Lizzie believes he is a con man with no abilities whatsoever. Little does she know that this man will change her life forever. Containing a lush soaring score, 110 IN THE SHADE centers on Lizzie's quest for self-acceptance and her choice between two suitors: the rainmaker Starbuck and the divorced Sheriff File.
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...
This highly anticipated new production of 42nd Street arrives in London with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50 ready to explode on to the West End’s biggest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Featuring the iconic songs We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You and 42nd Street.
Mark Bramble, co-author of the book for the original Broadway and West End productions of 42nd Street and director of the 2001 Tony Award� winning revival of 42nd Street, returns to direct the new West End production.
And so God populated his newly created paradise with Adam and Eve, made in his own image and all seemed well... until Steve was added into the mix. Adam & Eve... and Steve is a brand new musical comedy set in the Garden of Eden, featuring the usual suspects, with the addition of the mischief making Beelzebub and his meddlesome input. Amongst the resulting fun and mayhem, a love triangle with a twist develops and Adam, Eve and Steve fight to untangle themselves as they attempt to figure out the many definitions that love has to offer.
Winner of Best New Musical at the Hollywood Fringe 2015 and direct from a sold out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, this fresh and funny farce is sinfully tongue in cheek and wickedly heart-warming.
By chance dining out alone at adjacent tables, two strangers strike up a conversation. Their perfect lives and perfect marriages are forgotten in the sudden and deep pull they feel to one another. Unable to resist meeting again, they are soon consumed by a perfect secret that threatens to overwhelm a lifetime of following the rules.
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 Dean John-Wilson (Here Lies Love) 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.
This production contains theatrical smoke & fog effects, pyrotechnics, strobe lighting & loud noises.
Eager to begin his life anew after the brutality of combat, World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. With the assistance of fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport, a wealthy American with a past she wishes to forget, Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry's friends-Adam, a Jewish American composer, and Henri, a Parisian aristocrat-also vie for Lise's love.
Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan's orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie's search... Written in 1977 and based on the comic strip by Harold Gray.
In a bankrupt town in a recession-hit country, the citizens are rebelling against the corrupt Mayoress Cora Hooper. She comes up with a devious plan to reverse her fortunes and keep the town under control. But she reckons without the feisty young Fay Apple and the mysterious stranger Hapgood, who has his own plans for the town and the people who live there...
Climb aboard for this pleasure cruise packed with timeless Cole Porter hits. Luxury ocean liner, the S.S. American sets sail for England with a cargo full of colourful characters. Anything Goes tells the tale of stowaway Billy Crocker and his desperate pursuit of Hope Harcourt, the beautiful debutante fiancée of English Aristocrat Lord Oakleigh. But, the road to love is never simple, as we are introduced to raunchy ex-evangelist turned nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney, who herself holds a torch for Billy, and gangster team Moonface Martin and his sidekick Erma, who are trying to make a getaway. Packed with great song and dance numbers such as It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Blow Gabriel Blow and the title song, Anything Goes, this show is guaranteed to get your toes tapping.
Join the staff and alumni of Allen & Overy plus guests from Christ Church Primary School and J.P. Morgan on board the SS American, as it sails from New York to London in Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes. Money raised will go to the charity War Child.
A family musical. Never one to ignore a challenge, adventurer Phileas Fogg, his servant Passepartout and the beautiful Aouda face the most fearsome and fantastic days of their lives. They risk everything to prove that the world can be circled in eighty days - and they've saved a place aboard for you! Brave the waves onboard the ship, climb the clouds in the basket of a balloon, hold on for dear life to the back of a bad tempered elephant - when time's this tight, no transport's too treacherous. But what of arrest, bandits, evil enemies, and the love of a lady? Will such surprises trip up his triumphant return?
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Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland.
The Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning Musical, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is now playing at London’s Aldwych Theatre
Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.
She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and sold her first hit, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", when she was just seventeen. By the time she reached her twenties she had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll from Aretha Franklin to the Monkees, the Drifters, to the Shirelles. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman", "Take Good Care of my Baby", "You’ve Got a Friend", "So Far Away", "It Might As Well Rain Until September", "Up on the Roof" and "Locomotion".
Featuring a repertoire ranging from Wagner and Purcell to Nina Simone and Whitney Houston, Black is an intimate and confessional portrait of Nigerian singer Le Gateau Chocolat's life: his hopes, his fears and his battle with depression. Performed with an 11 piece orchestra.
Protest, upheaval and discord - ultimately leading to hope, unity and shared optimism. Inspired by the historical resonances of two key events of 1963 - the release of Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind, and Martin Luther King's ?I have a dream speech' in Washington DC -the production takes the form of an imagined voyage, a magical mystery tour, and ultimately a journey of hope and freedom. Featuring video projection, stunning set design, poetry, dance and physical theatre, the piece is a musical celebration of those ordinary people who have fought for an extraordinary ideal - the right to question how things are, and to dream of things as they could be.
Chickenshed unveils a brand new songbook musical featuring blues, gospel, folk and more. With a narrative thread linking protest songs and civil disobedience from the 1960s to the present day, a mirror is held up to reveal and reflect a sense of optimism that can prevail even during history's darkest hours.
A Chicago hotel in the thirties and three very different women are looking for a way to make it through the night. Under the cynical gaze of the only man in the joint - the singer with the bar room band - the women sing of their hope, anguish, longing and living before finally discovering the strength to survive. Blues in the Night is a colourful and passionate celebration of that survival spirit, drawing on some of the greatest Blues and Jazz songs ever written. Age guide 14+
The Book of Mormon follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.
A life-affirming and funny coming-of-age story which follows Viveca, a bright girl from a black middle class family in LA, who dreams of becoming a dancer. Choosing to face the conflicts of a changing era in America with optimism rather than anger and revolution, she learns to reconcile the realities of racism and sexism with hope and faith - and by doing so discovers her self-worth. This musical is a sassy and satirical look at how women have been defined by others and themselves throughout the 1960s - 1990s with an original score of jazz, pop, Motown and lots of R & B.
A musical biography retreading the life of Broadway legend, Ethel Merman, who premiered the greatest hit songs of the era: I Got Rhythm, Anything Goes, You're the Tops, There's No Business Like Show Business and many more...
A naive young man believes that 'all is for the best' even when confronted by evil. Originally performed in 1956, additional songs added in 1974. Candide explores a world that is dominated by violence, greed, war, hatred and a series of catastrophic events seemingly unmitigated by goodness, truth, beauty or God.
The tale of the inhabitants of a New England fishing town. Romantic couple, comedy pair, wise old woman and a villain make up the main characters. Songs include You'll Never Walk Alone, June is Busting Out all Over and If I Loved You. Based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar as adapted by Benjamin F Glaser.
In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.
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'.
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It is 1971. Past and present, dreams and reality collide for one triumphant, haunting and unforgettable night when former members of the "Weismann's Follies" reunite on the eve of their theatre's demolition. Two couples remember their glorious past and face the harsher realities of the present as the shadows of their younger selves remind them of the complicated steps they've danced - both on the stage and throughout their lives.
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Footloose centres on city boy Ren who moves with his family to a small town in middle America where rock music and dancing are outlawed for religious reasons. Sparks fly when Ren and the minister's teenage daughter rebel.
An uplifting musical set in 1930s Britain. "Foreign" foster child Fran Eddy impacts on a close knit coastal community. Can the odd live wire not only shock, but surprise and enlighten? In a decade on the brink of changes in attitudes, can an outsider find a home and belong?
The Frogs playfully explores the great challenges of human existence: confronting our fears, understanding life and death, and challenging the distractions that can prevent us from achieving our goals. This boisterously hilarious yet poignant musical follows Dionysos, Greek god of wine and drama, and his slave Xanthias on a journey to Hades to collect renowned critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw so that he may enlighten the easily misled and coerced masses of Earth. Along this journey, Dionysos and Xanthias meet Herakles, Charon, Pluto, and of course, the chorus of frogs. Then, Shakespeare shows up and starts declaiming his greatest hits; and before long he engages in a battle of words with Mr. Shaw. Who will win the honor of becoming reincarnated: The Bard or Bernard? The Frogs stays true to its heritage, mixing Aristophanic pratfall satire with a Sondheim score that swings from witty to pretty to rambunctious, but also mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role of the arts in a world beset by war and folly.
The Girls is a new musical inspired by the true story of the Calendar Girls. This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.
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The year is 1967, and the Vietnam War is at its height. In New York City, a tribe of hippies rails against the establishment, protesting intolerance, brutality, and the dehumanization of society. When Claude, one of their own, gets drafted, he must make a decision about what values are worth fighting for. Songs include 'Aquarius', 'Good Morning Starshine', 'Let the Sunshine In'.
Musical made famous in a film starring Tommy Steele. When a young draper's apprentice receives an unexpected legacy which makes him acceptable to the snobbish Walsingham family, he must choose between love for his childhood sweetheart and the flattering attentions of Helen Walsingham.. From the Original book 'Kipps' by H G Wells.
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.
Based on the hit 1992 film starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and Nicholas Cage, Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of mild-mannered Brooklynite, Jack, who haunted by the fear of a promise to his dying mother never to get married, avoids proposing to his new girlfriend Betsy. He finally summons the nerve and takes Betsy to Las Vegas only to have his plans compromised by a dashing gambler with an eye for luxury and Jack's new fiancee.
Spring has come to the duckyard. Drake, the Mallard Duck, and his long suffering partner, Ida, await the birth of a new brood, but the nest seems to contain one inordinately large egg this year. Sure enough, it cracks open to reveal an ugly chick nothing like his siblings, who makes a strange honk sound instead of the expected quack! Ida warms to him, though, and takes him out for the first swim on the lake, finding him to be a prodigious swimmer. The other farmyard fowl, however ridicule him, driving him into the eager arms of Tom Cat. Ugly escapes by the skin of his teeth, but with night falling he becomes lost... Winner of 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
A vivacious satire on sharp-practice and ruthless ambition in the world of big business from the writer and composer of Guys and Dolls. With the aid of his bible, 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', J. Pierpoint Finch rises irresistibly from window-cleaner to Chairman of the Board at World Wide Wickets, breaking hearts and stabbing backs along the way. Frank Loesser's score bristles with snappy numbers like 'Coffee Break', 'A Secretary is Not a Toy' and 'Been a Long Day', the exuberant 'Brother of Man' and the gorgeous 'I Believe In You'. The show won seven Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama when it opened on Broadway.
Chaotic, open-hearted and imaginative Milo is Sam's only friend. They do everything together. But as Sam's first day at secondary school approaches, his mum is worried that Milo is holding her son back, stopping him from growing up. School turns out to be full of surprises ? and secrets. Can Sam and Milo's friendship survive in this new world, where a painful revelation threatens to change their lives forever?
Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the blue collar kids from New Jersey who formed a singing group and became famous. The musical features many of the group's pop hits from the Sixties such as Big Girls Don't Cry, Oh What a Night and Can't Take My Eyes off of You.
The story of the adult life of Jesus as he preaches, does miracles, ruffles the establishments feathers and finally is condemned to death. Previous West End run finished in 1980 after 3,368 performances.
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.
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
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..
Queen, a young girl from Savannah, and Fleetwood, a Vietnam vet with a drug habit, are trying to make it in a merciless New York. Queen is forced into part-time prostitution and ?The Life' describes how these two lovers move through this dark world until Queen is helped by her one true friend, an older more experienced hooker, Sonja, to make her escape. On this journey, we meet Memphis, the all-powerful king pimp, the girls he controls, Jojo, the hustler, who makes it all happen, and the fresh-faced Mary, straight off the bus from small town Minnesota, only too eager to embrace 'The Life'.
The Lion King
The Award-Winning Musical
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, THE LION KING uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.
Running time: 2hrs 30mins
A farm for the fiendish, a menagerie for the mischievous and a warning to the wicked. In this modern take on an 18th century cautionary tale for children, The Little Beasts (What Happens to Naughty Children) is a musical written by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley. In this deliciously disgusting feast of naughtiness, children are transformed into the animals they most resemble. The show will feature puppetry, masks, magic and a scandalously tongue in cheek approach to the genre.
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".
Judi Dench Playhouse
On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie's trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend. LIZZIE is four women fronting a six-piece rock band. LIZZIE is rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score. LIZZIE is a new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, the Runaways, and Heart.
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+.
Sex, scandal and showbiz 1940's style. A saucy new star shines in the spotlight while two men struggle in the shadows. In wartime people will do anything to survive and the biggest battle is to trust your heart. The aristocracy rub shoulders with black market spivs, songwriters take to the streets and showgirls fight to change the world. But bootleg booze, blackmail and bombshells are a deadly combination. And some secrets are more explosive than The Blitz.
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.
The show tells the story of Dic Penderyn a Welsh labourer and coal miner who lived in Merthyr Tydfil who was involved with the Merthyr Rising of 3 June 1831. In the course of the riot he was arrested alongside Lewis Lewis, one of the primary figures in the uprising, and charged with stabbing a soldier with a bayonet. The people of Merthyr Tydfil doubted his guilt, and signed a petition for his release. However, he was found guilty and hanged on 13 August. After his death he was treated as a martyr in Merthyr and across Britain.
Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette's School they've decided to mount a musical version! Join teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone's Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long songs from the smash-hit films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth and One Night One Moment.
20 OCTOBER - 12 NOVEMBER
BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM
15 NOVEMBER - 19 NOVEMBER
CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
13 DECEMBER - 17 DECEMBER
EVENTIM APOLLO, WEST END
20 DECEMBER - 6 JANUARY
GRAND THEATRE AND OPERA HOUSE, LEEDS
6 DECEMBER - 10 DECEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
29 NOVEMBER - 3 DECEMBER
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
22 NOVEMBER - 26 NOVEMBER
SHEFFIELD THEATRES, SHEFFIELD
The story of three sailors who visit New York for the first time on a twenty-four hour pass and look for the girl of their dreams. Ozzie and Chip strike lucky but Gabey pursues 'Miss Turnstiles' around New York until all three pairs link up in a powerful musical finale.
Based upon real events, Parade tells the story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man accused of murdering a thirteen-year-old factory girl in a small town in Georgia in 1913. Witness a people that thirst for a conviction, the gripping court room drama that subsequently unfolds and the touching love story between Leo and his wife, Lucille. Parade shows a quest for justice which is resisted by a world filled with racial and religious tensions but ultimately illustrates the enduring power of love and self-belief against all odds. Follow this gripping journey: from the shocking discovery of the murdered child, through the corrupt murder investigation, past the court case that became known as ?The Trial of the Century' and Lucille's efforts to clear her husband's name, towards the show's thrilling conclusion.
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.
The play will tell the familiar tale of Geppetto, the Italian woodcarver and his enchanted puppet who, with the help of his conscience, goes on a journey to become a real boy. The role of Pinocchio will be portayed by a human actor, other parts in the stage adaptation will be performed by puppets.
Date and further information to be confirmed
A new music theatre work about one woman's encounter with the aftermath of war crimes at Srebrenica, and her family's connection to the Holocaust in Bosnia fifty years before. The piece is based on the memoir The Stone Fields, by Courtney Angela Brkic. Performed by four singers and a dancer, it mixes Balkan folk songs with original vocal arrangements and compositions by award winning composer Christian Mason and electronic soundscapes by DJ and installation artist Shelley Parker. Juxtaposing voices from the past with deep bass electronics, this original score evokes the pain of history and the secrets that lie beneath the ground.
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 witty and warm-hearted romantic comedy, She Loves Me is the story of Georg and Amalia, lovelorn assistants in a 1930s parfumerie. Forever squabbling by day, they secretly find comfort in the passionate but anonymous love letters they write by night, both unaware that each is the other's correspondent. An intoxicating concoction of elegance, innocence and nostalgia, She Loves Me is a perfect musical gem.
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.
Inspired by Marie Corelli's scorching bestseller, The Sorrows of Satan reimagines Faust as a drawing-room comedy. In 1920s London, a down-on-his luck playwright accepts an offer of a luxurious reading of his new musical play. When he meets his benefactor it becomes apparent that the only way to get the show on is by adding bouncy tunes, bawdy jokes and cutting the boring, meaningful bits. After all audiences don't want art, they want entertainment. Don't they? Will the playwright decide to hold on to his artistic integrity (for what it's worth) or sell out for the promise of fame, money and the love of his leading lady?
Musical version of Richard Harris's original comedy play which was made into a film by Liza Minnelli. The story of the lives and loves of a weekly tap-dancing class as the teacher tries to turn the odd bunch of attendees into a presentable group.
A celebration of life and art. It is A Sunday Afternoon in Paris, George, a poor impressionist painter brilliantly captures, the young ladies, couples, children, tramps and their dogs enjoying a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park. As George sketches his lover Dot and the painting becomes a work of art, their relationship falls apart. A 100 years later the painting hangs in an art gallery, admired and discussed, studied and criticised, but what happened to the characters in the picture when it was completed? Immortalised forever in a single moment by the painters brush, but life and art goes on.
A multi-lingual post apocalyptic musical. You just need to speak "human" to understand. Long after the 21st century destroyed the surface the straggling remnants of humanity are forced into the bowles of the Earth to live in squalid, oppressive conditions with simulated CO2. A renegade group of scavengers and warriors scrabble their way upwards in search of light, life and AIR.........what do they find?
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.
Jonathan Larson s autobiographical musical of a success-starved artist, fast (and frustratedly) approaching his 30th birthday. It s the week of Jonathan s 30th Birthday. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city - Tick... His best friend has bought a BMW and is moving uptown - Tick... and Jon s waiting tables, trying to write the great American musical, and feeling the pressure to choose between holding onto dreams or selling out for money - Boom! Jonathan Larson, who tragically died of an aortic aneurysm shortly before the opening of his huge smash hit Rent, first conceived of Tick, Tick...Boom! in 1990 as a one man musical monologue about a young composer on the brink of turning 30. David Auburn (who also wrote Proof) has taken Larson s multi-character musical monologue and turned it into a show for 3 actors portraying numerous characters.
A boy sees his mother having an affair and becomes deaf, dumb and blind. Only the acid queen can cure him - at which point he becomes somewhat of a megalomaniac. Additional material by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Ken Russell did the film of the original album by The Who in 1975.
Whisper House is a "dark and thrilling musical ghost story" about the goings on in a lighthouse on the remote East Coast of America at the height of World War II.
The Otehr Palace
Wicked has been casting its spell over audiences across the world for a decade, winning over 100 international awards, and continues to be a “West End sensation” (Daily Mail) at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre where it recently played its landmark 3000th performance.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs (by multi GRAMMY� and Academy Award� winner Stephen Schwartz), Wicked is “a magical mystery tour through the fantasy land of Oz” (London Evening Standard) that is not to be missed.
Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920's excess, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a Vaudeville showgirl and a Vaudeville clown whose relationship is marked by vicious behaviour and recklessness. In an attempt to salvage their toxic union, they decide to throw a party to end all parties. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy; a washed-up boxer; a diva of indeterminate age; a fresh-faced ing?nue; and a handsome Valentino who catches Queenie's roving eye. The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat, as artifice and illusion are stripped away. But when midnight debauchery turns into tragedy, the revellers must sober up and face reality. After all, no party lasts forever.
I:Drew McOnie, H:Drew McOnie
Poop Poop! Kenneth Grahame's classic book comes to life as Ratty, Mole, Badger and friends invite you to join them messing about in boats, chasing Wild Wooders, and exploring the delights of being a young and foolish Toad. A treat for adults and children alike, this lively production promises a faithful adaptation that brings out the fun and humour of the original.
This highly original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks - the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress amongst many - whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation. Working employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin Manuel Miranda.
Working is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
Young Frankenstein, the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, see's Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. He now faces a dilemma - does he continue to run from his family's tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather's mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?