London Date seen – November 24, 2011-11-25 Matilda By Denis Kelly and Tim Minchin Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU Mon – Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu & Sat 2.30 Runs 2hr 30 min One interval TICKETS: 0844 412 4652 www.seetickets.com Review: William Russell Limitless praise – and all mightily deserved.
London. THE BODYGUARD based on the Warner Bros film screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan book by Alexander Dinelaris. Adelphi Theatre Strand WC2R 0NS To 27 April 2013. Mon–Sat 7.30 pm Mat Wed & Sat 3pm. Runs 2hr 25min One interval. TICKETS: 0844 579 0094. www.thebodyguardmusical.com Review: William Russell 4 November. Houston, we have a slight problem.
London. QUARTERMAINE’S TERMS by Simon Gray. Wyndhams Theatre 32 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0DA To 13 April 2013. Mon-Sat 7.3-0pm Mat Thu & Sat 2.30pm. Runs 2hr 30min One interval. TICKETS: 0844 482 5120. www.quartermainesterms.com Review: Timothy Ramsden 30 September. Passive production that would gain from more drive.
London WICKED book by Winnie Holzman music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Apollo Victoria To 3 April 2010. Monday to Saturday 7.30pm Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Runs 2hr 50min One interval. TICKETS: 0844 826 8000 (booking fee). www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk Review: Geoff Ambler 28 September 2006. A glittering, glimmering emerald in the crown that is West End musical theatre.
London. A CHORUS LINE music by Marvin Hamlisch lyrics by Edward Kleban book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. The London Palladium 8 Argyll Street W1F 7TF To 13 July 2013. Mon–Sat 7.45pm Mat Wed & Sat 3pm. Runs 2hr No interval. TICKETS: 0844 412 4655. www.seetickets.com Review: William Russell 19 February. All done by mirrors.
London. BLOOD BROTHERS book music and lyrics by Willy Russell. Phoenix Theatre To 31 July 2010. Mon-Sat 7:45pm, Mat: Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Runs 2hrs 30 mins One interval. TICKETS : 0870 060 6629. Review: Geoff Ambler 7th December 2006. It’s not true, it’s just a story … but what a story.
London. THE TAILOR-MADE MAN book by Amy Rosenthal and Claudio Macor music by Duncan Walsh Atkins and Adam Meggido from a play by Claudio Macor. Arts Theatre 6-7 Newport St WC2H 7JB To 6 April 2013. Mon–Fri 7.30pm Mat 2.30pm Thu & Sat. Runs 2hr One interval. TICKETS: 020 7836 8463. www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk/bookings Review: Francis Grin 22 February. The Roaring Twenties hit the West End.
London. THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS by Patrick Barlow. Criterion Theatre. Mon–Sat 8pm Mat Tue 3pm Sat 4pm. Runs 2hr One interval. TICKETS: 0207 437 4370. Review: Harriet Davis 24tJanuary 2007. Inventive stuff away from the cutting-edge.
London. LONGING by William Boyd based on two stories by Anton Chekhov. Hampstead Theatre Eton Avenue Swiss Cottage NW3 3EU To 6 April 2013. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed 2.30pm & Sat 3pm. Audio-described 6 April 3pm (+Touch Tour 1.30pm). Captioned 2 April. Runs 2hr 10min One interval. TICKETS: 020 7722 9301. www.hampsteadtheatre.com Review: Timothy Ramsden 23 January. Skilful Chekhov twinning.
London. GREASE book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Piccadilly Theatre, Denman Street , London, W1D 7DY To 4 September 2010. Mon-Thu; Sat 7.30pm Fri 8.30 pm Mat Fri 5.30pm Sat 3pm. Runs 2hr 30 min One interval. TICKETS: 0844 412 6666. Review: Geoff Ambler 9 August 2007. Two lacklustre leads and an unimaginative rehashed revival still had the audience in raptures.
London. PURPLE HEART: Bruce Norris. Gate Theatre above the Prince Albert Pub 11 Pembridge Road W To 6 April 2013. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Sat 3pm. Captioned 21 March. Runs 2hr 10min One interval. TICKETS: 020 7229 0706. www.gatetheatre.co.uk Review: Timothy Ramsden 6 March. The war at home as national strains are heard in a single room..
London. JERSEY BOYS: THE STORY OF FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice music by Bob Gaudio lyrics by Bob Crewe. Prince Edward Theatre Old Compton STreet W1D 4HS. Tue – Sat 7:30pm Mat Tue, Sat, Sun 3pm except 31 May-28 Aug Sun Mat 5pm. Christmas period 2011 24, 31 Dec 3pm only. No performance 25 Dec, 1, 2 Jan. 28-30 Dec additional 3pm performances. Runs 2hr 40min One interval. TICKETS: 0844 482 5151. …
London. WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo adapted by Nick Stafford. New London Theatre. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Audio-described 31 Oct 2.30pm (+Touch Tour 12.45pm). Captioned 12 Dec. 2.30pm. Runs 2hr 50min One interval. TICKETS: 0870 040 0046. Review: Timothy Ramsden 3 April. High, upreared and abutting fronts do the biz.
London. LEGALLY BLONDE. music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin book by Heather Hatch. Savoy Theatre The Strand WC2R 0ET To 23 May 2010. Mon–Sat 7.30pm. Mat Thu & Sat 2.30pm. Sun 3pm . Runs 2hr 30min One interval. TICKETS: 0844 871 7687. Review: Geoff Ambler 13 January 2010. A musical to delight the other 51%. Well, those who like it pink and fluffy.
London. ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS by Richard Bean based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni literal translation by Francesca Manfrin Lyttelton Theatre Upper Ground South Bank SE1 9PX In rep to 19 September (performances sold out). Captioned 24 July. then tour to 29 October 2011. Runs: 2hr 50min One interval. TICKETS 020 7452 3000. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/tickets Review: Carole Woddis 14June. Hugely entertaining.
London. GRIEF by Mike Leigh. Cottesloe Theatre Upper Ground South Bank SE1 9PX In rep to 28 January 2012. 7.30pm Mats 2.30 some Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sats (see website for details) All performacnes sold out except 29 Dec 7.30pm. Audio-described 14 Oct, 15 Oct, 2.30pm (+ Touch Tour 12.45pm). Captioned 10 Oct. Runs: 2hr No interval. TICKETS 020 7452 3000 www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/tickets Review: Carole Woddis 28 September. Also touring to Bath and Cambridge (see below). Historical grief speaks masterfully to us …
LONDON. A ROUND HEELED WOMAN by Jane Prowse based on the true story of Jane Juska. Riverside Studios (Studio 2) Crisp Road Hammersmith W6 9RL To 20 November 2011. Mon-Sat 8pm Mat Thu & Sat 3pm Sun 4pm. Runs 1hr 40min No interval. TICKETS: 020 8237 1111. www.aroundheeledwoman.com Review: William Russell. Later-life sex with Trollope thrown in.
London. CRAZY FOR YOU Music by George Gershwin lyrics by Ira Gershwin book by Ken Ludwig. Novello Theatre Aldwych WC2B 4LD To 17 March 2012. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu, Sat & 25 October 3pm. Runs 2hr 35min One interval. TICKETS: 0844 482 5171. www.crazyforyouthemusical.com Review: Carole Woddis 18 October. Tap dance to die for, sensual delight.
London. COLLABORATORS by John Hodge. Cottesloe Theatre Southbank SE1 9PX In rep to 21 January 2012. sold out Runs 2hr 30min One interval TICKETS: 09069 104 431. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk Review: William Russell 1 November. Screenwriter’s script may work better when stage takes to the screen.
London. THREE DAYS IN MAY by Ben Brown. Trafalgar Studios 14 Whitehall AW1A 2DY To 3 March 2011. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu & Sat 2.30pm. Runs: 2hr One interval. TICKETS: 0844 871 7632. www.atgtickets.com/trafalgarstudios Review: Carole Woddis 4 November. Then and now in Whitehall.