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David Baddiel – My Family: Not the Sitcom


Due to incredible demand, David Baddiel’s rollicking comedy My Family: Not the Sitcom transfers to the Playhouse Theatre, following two successful stints at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Vaudeville Theatre last year. Packed with family anecdotes and brutally honest humour, the production runs for a limited season, opening March 2017.

My Family: Not the Sitcom is Baddiel’s hilarious comedy, detailing stories of his late mother Sarah and his dementia-ridden father Colin. Both riotous and thought-provoking, the show covers topics such as memory, ageing, infidelity, gay cats and an over-sensitive moral culture.

Described by Baddiel as a massively disrespectful celebration of his parents, the show examines why, when family members die, we only have good things to say about them. After all, even though family members are gone, we might remember that they weren’t always angelic!

Opening at the Playhouse Theatre London for a limited season, My Family: Not the Sitcom received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, delving into family secrets we really shouldn’t know, with a refreshing, brutally honest humour. The show runs from March 28th to June 3rd 2017.

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My Family: Not the Sitcom is written and performed by writer and comedian David Baddiel. Best-known for his collaborations with Frank Skinner, including Fantasy Football League, as well as the hit film and play The Infidel, Baddiel has had previous success with his play FAME: Not the Musical.

Show Lengths and Times

My Family: Not the Sitcom opens at the Playhouse Theatre London on March 28th for a limited run until June 3rd 2017. Performances are at 8pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 3pm.

Show running time is 2 hours, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

My Family: Not the Sitcom is recommended for those aged 16 and up, due to explicit language and adult themes.


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An Inspector Calls

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‘a remarkable spectacle’



‘it grips and holds’



‘thrilling and pertinent theatre’

Stephen Daldry’s multi-award winning production of An Inspector Calls returns to the West End, exactly 70 years after it was first staged in the UK. Famously revived by Daldry at the National Theatre in 1992, An Inspector Calls has since won 19 major awards across the globe. An Inspector Calls is set to begin previews at London’s Playhouse Theatre on November 4th 2016.

Written by J. B. Priestley, An Inspector Calls is a darkly sinister play which is widely considered to be a classic in mid-20th century contemporary theatre. Set in Brumley, a fictional industrial city in the midlands, a wealthy upper-middle class family’s dinner party is interrupted when they receive an unexpected visit from the mysterious Inspector Goole. Soon, the entire family are questioned about potential involvement in the death of Eva Smith, a young and innocent working-class lady. Following lengthy interrogation, the audience are forced to question their own conscience as the investigation reaches a terrifying climax.

Seen by over 4 million people worldwide, An Inspector Calls has earned multiple awards, most notably the Olivier Award for Best Revival, as well as Critic’s Circle Awards for Best Director and Best Design. An Inspector Calls is known across the globe, and is usually studied at GCSE level due to the strong social and political commentaries within Priestley’s text.

Daldry said of the production’s return to London: “Each time we have mounted this production it seems more relevant than the last, with the refugee crisis, the European referendum debate and American elections, you can’t fail to see the genius of Priestley’s writing.”

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Stephen Daldry has achieved legendary status for his extensive work across theatre and film. Best-known for his Academy Award-nominated film Billy Elliot, as well as the hugely popular stage production, Daldry’s work has seen across the globe. Further notable work includes his multi-award winning version of An Inspector Calls, as well as The Audience and Skylight. Previous productions of An Inspector Calls have included award-winning design from Ian MacNeil.

Casting includes Clive Francis (The Missing) as Mr Birling, alongside Liam Brennan (Diary of a Madman) as Inspector Goole and Barbara Marten as Mrs Birling. Further cast members include Matthew Douglas as Gerald Croft, Carmela Corbett as Sheila Birling, Hamish Riddle as Eric Birling and Diana Payne-Myers as Edna.

Show Lengths and Times

An Inspector Calls opens at the Playhouse Theatre London on November 4th for a limited run until March 25th 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Thursday at 2:30pm and Saturday at 3pm.

Show running time is 1 hour and 50 mins, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

An Inspector Calls has no age restrictions, but is recommended for those ages 12 and up.



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The End of Longing


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‘a smart and painfully honest new play’



‘well acted and thoroughly watchable’



‘there’s no doubting the sincerity’

Matthew Perry writes and stars in his debut play The End of Longing at the Playhouse Theatre London. Opening February 2nd, the play has received mixed reviews from the critics, but an unprecedented positive response from the public. Directed by the prolific Lindsay Posner, The End of Longing is due to run until May 14th 2016.

Best-known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit TV sitcom Friends, Perry has had an extensive screen career, featuring in a variety of films and TV shows, including Mr Sunshine, The Odd Couple and 17 Again. The End of Longing marks his premiere in playwriting, as well as his first return to the West End since 2003, when he worked on Sexual Perversity in Chicago with Posner.

A hilariously dark comedy, The End of Longing follows the story of four people searching for meaning as they enter their forties. Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie share a crazy night together in an LA bar, but as they celebrate, their lives become permanently entwined. From this point, they are sent on a wild rollercoaster ride that forces them to face the darker sides of their relationships.

Don’t miss this sitcom-style production, which is currently playing to rave audience reviews at London’s Playhouse Theatre. Follow Jack, Joseph, Stephanie and Stevie as they party through The End of Longing until May 14th 2016.

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The End of Longing is written by Matthew Perry and is directed by Lindsay Posner, who has previously helmed the revival of Uncle Vanya as well as The Turn of the Screw and Speed the Plow, starring Lindsay Lohan. Perry’s play features an urban chic design by Olivier Award-winning Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), lighting design by Lucy Carter and sound design by Isobel Waller-Bridge.

Perry stars as the alcoholic Jack, alongside Lloyd Owen (The Bodyguard, Good People) as Joseph, Christina Cole (The Magistrate, Silent Witness) as Stevie and Jennifer Mudge (Rocky, Shades of Blue) as Stephanie. Samantha Coughlan and Jonny McPherson understudy the roles.

Show Lengths and Times

The End of Longing opened at the Playhouse Theatre London in February, and is set to play until May 14th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with a matinee on Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is 2hrs and 15mins including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The End of Longing contains explicit language and adult themes and is recommended for ages 15 and up. Parental guidance is advised.



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Hot off the back of successful runs at the London Palladium and the Dominion Theatre, Michael Flatley’s Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games has returned to the west end once again!

For a limited run between October 2015 and January 2016, audiences can delight in the glory of Flatley’s timeless and much loved choreography.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is an epic story told through dance. The show tells the tale of a magnificent and magical world filled with beautiful people and glorious dancing. Things are going swimmingly until leaders of a dark underworld tear at the seams of the blissful utopia, bringing fire and chaos with them. Can the Lord of the Dance save the day?

Alongside the epic story, audiences can delight in the cutting edge technology used in the performance such as holograms, excellent lighting effects and even dancing robots! If this wasn’t enough, the show features some fantastic traditional Irish sounds that bring to life composer Gerard Fahy’s score.

The cast of Lord of the Dance is lead by James Keegan and Morgan Cromer, who have both won many major titles in Irish dancing and were trained by Flatley himself. Welsh singing star and former West End Dorothy, Sophie Evans also joins the cast.

Speaking about the transfer, Flatley said, “I’m delighted that London has once again welcomed us so warmly, and to be able to extend the show’s run by moving to the very beautiful Playhouse Theatre makes me feel immensely proud of what we’ve achieved. I am delighted for my dancers that they can continue to perform in this great city.”

Michael Flatley made his name as a young dancer in the late 1970’s to 1980’s, wowing audiences and industry professionals alike with his unique ability to capture the essence of Irish dance. In 1996, Flatley first created Lord of The Dance, a brand that has become synonymous with his name to this day.

Tickets for Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games are now on sale, book now for the chance to see the West End’s best loved dance show.

The Rocky Horror Show

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The Rocky Horror Show returns to the West End for a limited run at the Playhouse theatre. Tickets for the 11th-26th of September are on sale now. Best availability is 21st – 26th. 

“Let’s do the Time Warp again!”

Show creator, Richard O’Brien is set to star as the narrator in The Rocky Horror Show, which will be running for just over two weeks in the West End. O’Brien played the role of Riff Raff in the shows original production and in the cult classic film. This will mark the former Crystal Maze host’s first return to the show in over 20 years. O’Brien is set to star in all of the London performances before taking the show on a UK tour. The show opens at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on the 11th September 2015.

The famous musical is a firm favourite amongst theatregoers and appeals especially to those with a love of science fiction and horror B movies that were released between 1940-1970. The plot revolves around a recently engaged couple who wind up at a mad transvestite scientist’s home, who shows them his latest creation: a muscular man called Rocky Horror. The score includes the now famous songs “The Time Warp”, “Sweet Transvestite”, and “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me.”

The show premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London back in 1973 and following its success was later adapted into the film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The screen version boasted the longest running release in film history, which has helped to perpetuate the success of the stage production. The Rocky Horror Show has since taken the world by storm with productions taking place in over 30 countries.

Speaking to the press, O’Brien said: “I love the show for so many reasons. No one expected it to have any more life than the five-week run. It went on, and then the years went on”.

Please note although it is not compulsory some audience members like to dress up in the style of characters from the show, bring props, shout out lines and sing along during the performance. This is optional and all part of The Rocky Horror Show experience.




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‘a thrilling production bursting with ideas’



‘ a playful and provocative take on the grim goings-on’



‘raising serious questions’

Headlong’s highly acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s famously chilling novel 1984 returns to London for a limited season, revived by Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan.

Originally premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013, 1984 has enjoyed international tours and returns once more to the West End for 12 weeks beginning in June, at the Playhouse Theatre London. 1984 is the smash-hit exploration of a dangerous and damning society, which remains frighteningly relevant today.

Published in 1949, Orwell’s darkly dystopian novel continues to be highly pertinent and is often described as the definitive text of the 20th century, examining the detrimental effects of surveillance, identity and control. 1984 follows a group of historians as they discover Winston Smith’s diary and must determine whether it is fictional or a sinister snapshot of reality. Ministry of Truth employee, Winston, lives in a controlling world, where an invasive government and Big Brother keep a close and watchful eye on their citizens. When Winston suddenly falls in love, he finds himself beginning to think independently and soon must face the consequences.

Receiving critical acclaim for its previous run at the Playhouse Theatre, 1984 is set to return for an equally successful run, opening June 14th and running until September 3rd. Similarly to its last run, the show will sell 101 tickets for a price of £19.84, promising to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

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1984 is adapted and directed by Robert Icke (Oresteia)Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things) and Daniel Raggett.  Produced in collaboration with Headlong, Almeida Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse, the popular production features design by Chloe Lamford, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Olivier Award-winning Tom Gibbons (People, Places and Things) and video design by Tim Reid.

Andrew Gower (Being Human, Outlander) makes his West End debut as Winston, alongside Rosie Ede (Call the Midwife) as Mrs Parsons. Further cast members include Joshua Higgott (Oresteia) as Syme, Richard Katz (Nell Gwynn) as Charrington, Anthony O’Donnell as Parsons, Daniel Rabin as Martin, Catrin Stewart as Julia and Angus Wright as O’Brien. Child will be alternated by Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler.

Show Lengths and Times

1984 returns to the Playhouse Theatre London on June 14th and will play a limited season until October 29th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is 1hour and 40mins, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

1984 contains unsettling scenes which are not suitable for children and is recommended for ages 14 and up. Please note that there are several loud noises and flashing lights throughout the production.




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Linsday Lohan is set to make her much anticipated West End and stage debut in David Mamet’s 1988 play, Speed-the-Plow at the Playhouse Theatre.

Set over three acts, Speed-the-Plow is a play about two Hollywood hot shots, Bobbie Gould and Charlie Fox, who are preparing to pitch a new script to a film company. However things go awry as discussion turns to bedding new employee, Karen.

Lohan plays the role of Karen, a temporary secretary working for Gould and Fox. A $500 wager is placed by Fox who bets that Gould can’t get her to sleep with him. Little do they know that Karen may have a few tricks of her own up her sleeve.

Lohan, who has made her name in films such as Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and Elizabeth Taylor,  plays the role that was originated by Madonna on Broadway in 1988, where it ran at the Royale Theatre for 279 performances.

The show runs from the 24th September until the 29th of November for a strictly limited season

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Speed-the-Plow is to be directed by Lindsay Posner and is set to take a satirical stance on the Hollywood film industry. Posner has previously directed other work by Mamet such as A Life in The Theatre, Oleanna and Sexual Perversity.

Lohan is joined by fellow cast members Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay . Schniff will play Bobbie Gould and Lindsay will portray Charlie Fox. 


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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown  arrives in the West End with theatre and TV star Tamsin Greig in a leading role.

Following the Tony Award nominated production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on Broadway in 2010, the show arrives on the West End for a limited season at the Playhouse Theatre. Previews began on the 17th December, with opening night on the 12th January 2015. The show closed the 24th May 2015.

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Like the film, the musical is set in Spain in the late 1980’s amid the messy love lives of several women. The central character is Pepa, an actress and singer who struggles to deal with being dumped by her boyfriend, Ivan. The plot thickens as his ex wife, Lucia and their son, Carlos, along with his fiancé show up. To make matters worse Pepa’s best friend, Candela, believes she is dating a terrorist. uh oh!

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Joining Tamsin Greig is Haydn Gwynne, Ricardo Afonso, Anna Skellern and Jerome Pradon. Following her recent turn as Elphaba in Wicked , Willemijn Verkaik makes her stage return in Women on the Verge

Adapted from  Pedro Almodóva’s 1988 film of the same name, David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane have adapted the show for the stage. Yazbek and Lane have previously worked together on the book, music and lyrics for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  This production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is directed by Bartlett Sher.

Running Time

The show is 2hrs and 40 minutes including an interval.

Song List


  • “Madrid”
  • “Lie to Me”
  • “Lovesick”
  • “Time Stood Still”
  • “My Crazy Heart”
  • “Model Behavior”
  • “Island”
  • “The Microphone”
  • “On the Verge”


  • “Mother’s Day”
  • “Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Today”
  • “Tangled”
  • “Invisible”
  • “Island” (Reprise)
  • “Marisa / The Chase”
  • “Lie to Me” (Reprise)
  • “Shoes from Heaven”




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Spamalot will run until April 2014.

Monty Python’s Spamalot transferred to the Playhouse Theatre London on 12 November 2012. The production was called back into London after it’s initial stint at the Palace Theatre a successful UK tour and a revival at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the summer of 2012.

Based on the cult 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the uproariously funny musical follows King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on a jaunty quest to find the renowned relic. Original Monty Python member Eric Idle wrote the music and lyrics, and had a prominent place a the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” which features prominently in the musical. Other musical highlights include “The Song That Goes Like This,” “Knights of the Round Table,” and “The Diva’s Lament (What Happened to My Part?).” The show first opened on Broadway, winning the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical. Its subsequent West End production opened in 2006 at the Palace Theatre and ran for just over two years, featuring among its cast Tim Curry, Simon Russell Beale, Hannah Waddingham, Peter Davison, Marin Mazzie, and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Monty Python are considered comedy pioneers, with their TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus running for five years starting in 1969 on the BBC and subsequently being exported throughout the world. Alongside Idle, original members included John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, and Terry Jones.

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Monty Python’s Spamalot features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle, with music by John du Prez and Eric Idle. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the current cast includes Carley Stenson and Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood (aka TV’s “Dick and Dom.”) The pair play King Arthur and Patsy respectively. 

Critics’ Reviews

‘I’d go so far as to say that it should be prescribed to all on the NHS. It’s not just a singalong bout of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” that sends an essential fillip of happiness coursing through you – it’s every ruddy scene.’
Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph


“The show earns a sizable thumbs-up.”
Kate Bassett, The Independent



“I enjoy the silliness of sketches such as the opening Fisch Schlapping Song and the rude, raspberry-ripping Frenchies who hurl insults from a castle wall.”
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail


Synopsis and Song List

King Arthur and his loyal servant Patsy set out on a quest to find knights to join his Round Table. Along the way he manages to collect a ragtag band of misfits including Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Show (who understandably only makes a brief appearance). After they manage to repel a French invasion before encountering the Black Knight, who insists they come up with a musical and take it to Broadway, and the Knights are only too happy to comply.

Act I

  • Overture
  • “Historian’s Introduction to Act I” – Historian
  • “Finland” / “Fisch Schlapping Dance” – Mayor and Company
  • “Monk’s Chant” – Company
  • “King Arthur’s Song” – King Arthur, Patsy
  • “I Am Not Dead Yet” – Not Dead Fred, Lance, Robin, and Bodies
  • “Come With Me” – King Arthur, Lady of the Lake, and Laker girls
  • “Laker Girls Cheer” – Laker Girls
  • “The Song That Goes Like This” – Sir Galahad and Lady of the Lake
  • “All for One” – King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and Sir Bedevere
  • “Knights of the Round Table” – Company
  • “The Song That Goes Like This” (Reprise) – Lady of the Lake
  • “Find Your Grail” – Lady of the Lake and Company
  • “Run Away!” – Company

Act II

  • “Historian’s Introduction to Act II” – Historian
  • “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – Patsy, King Arthur, Knights, and Knights of Ni
  • “Brave Sir Robin” – Sir Robin and Minstrels
  • “You Won’t Succeed On Broadway” – Sir Robin and Ensemble
  • “The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part?)” – Lady of the Lake
  • “Where Are You?” – Prince Herbert
  • “Here Are You” – Prince Herbert
  • “His Name is Lancelot” – Sir Lancelot, Prince Herbert, and Ensemble
  • “I’m All Alone” – King Arthur, Patsy, and Knights
  • “Twice in Every Show” – Lady of the Lake and King Arthur
  • “The Holy Grail” – King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bedevere, and Knights*
  • “Act II Finale” – Company
  • “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” – Company and Audience

Show Length and Times

Evening performances for Spamalot will run Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm . The running time is 2 hours including a 15 minute interval.

Official Tickets

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If You Liked Dreamboats and Petticoats, You’ll Love…

With one of the West End’s most beloved long-running musicals, Dreamboats and Petticoats, now closed, here are some suggestions of shows Dreamboats fans won’t want to miss.

Singin’ in the Rain

Based on the 1952 classic film, the stage version of Singin’ the Rain has been one of the biggest hits to open in the West End. Featuring all of the movie’s memorable songs including “Good Morning,” “Broadway Melody,” and “Make ’em Laugh,” it tells the story of the silent film industry struggling to cope with the advent of sound. Hollywood’s biggest on-screen couple, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, face an uncertain future given Lina’s squeaky voice, until Don finds a young stage actress named Kathy Seldon to dub all of her lines. This stage spectacular has all the pizzazz of the film, and you won’t believe your eyes when that famous title sequence is recreated onstage (there are even splash zone seats at the front of the stalls for those who want to really be a part of the action!).

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Jersey Boys

Fans of the Dreamboats and Petticoats soundtrack will love Jersey Boys, the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Charting their rise from four unknowns in New Jersey to the height of fame in the 1960’s. Despite their often turbulent relationships behind-the-scenes, they produced some of pop’s greatest songs of all time, all of which you’ll see performed onstage with a live band, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Beggin’,” “Working My Way Back to You,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”. This smash-hit musical won both the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Musical, and it has been a firm fixture in the West End since opening in 2008.

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Top Hat

Another classic musical that has been brought to the stage this year with wonderful results, Irving Berlin’s Top Hat waltzed its way into the West End this spring and has been delighting audiences ever since. In the 1930’s, Broadway hoofer Jerry Travers finds himself in London, and after a chance encounter with a beautiful socialite, he dances his way across Europe in pursuit of her. Featuring some of Berlin’s most iconic numbers, including “Cheek to Cheek,” “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” and “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails,” this charmer will have you dancing your way home.

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