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City of Angels

City of Angels returns to the West End, as the Donmar Warehouse’s award-winning production transfers to the Garrick Theatre in 2020.

A tribute to film noir, City of Angels follows dual paths; the life of Stine, a writer trying to get his novel turned into a screenplay, alongside the story of the film itself. While his movie plays out in black and white, Stine’s new life among the Hollywood elite is all-too colourful.

The 2014 Donmar production was nominated for five Olivier Awards in 2015, winning Best Musical Revival and Best Lighting Design.

Cast & Creative

The Garrick production will see Hadley Fraser (Young Frankenstein), Rebecca Trehearn (Showboat) andRosalie Craig (Company) return to their roles from the Donmar production. Tony Award-nominee Vanessa Williams will join them in her West End debut.

City of Angels features a book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel. Josie Rourke returns as director, with Olivier Award-winner Stephen Mear is choreographer, lighting by Howard Harrison, set and costumes by Rob Jones, sound by Terry Jardine, and video by Duncan McLean.

Running Times

A running time for City of Angels is to be confirmed.

Suitable for Children?

Age recommendations for City of Angels will be announced soon.

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The Drifters Girl

The Drifters Girl is a brand new musical following the story of legendary soul group The Drifters and their manager, Faye Treadwell.

The first female, African-American music manager, Faye Treadwell has a burning determination to take her Atlantic Records group to the top. In pursuit of chart-topping records and worldwide tours, Faye must face personal tragedy and lengthy legal battles, but her passion and love can help her through; she is, after all, The Drifters girl.

This new musical features beloved songs from The Drifters back catalogue, including “Save The Last Dance for Me”, “Under the Boardwalk”, “Stand By Me” and “Saturday Night at the Movies” to name just a few.

A celebration of soul music and the people that made it, The Drifters Girl will arrive in the West End at the Garrick Theatre from 1st October 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

Cast & Creative

Award-winning recording artist and West End star Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard, Memphis) stars as Faye Treadwell. Further casting is to be announced.

The Drifters Girl features abook by Ed Curtis, and the production is directed by Jonathan Church. Design is by Anthony Ward, with choreography by Karen Bruce, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and music supervision and orchestrations by Chris Egan. Further creative team announcements are to come.

Running Times

A running time for The Drifters Girl is to be confirmed.

Suitable for Children?

Age recommendations for The Drifters Girl will be announced soon.

Frank Skinner: Showbiz

Following a critically-acclaimed national tour, comedy legend Frank Skinner brings his new stand-up show to the West End for a strictly limited run.

Having sold out London’s Leicester Square Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe amongst countless other venues in 2019, Frank will spend five weeks at the Garrick Theatre to end the tour that has had critics and audiences alike laughing endlessly.

One of the biggest comedy events of the new year, Frank Skinner: Showbiz is a must-see for any stand-up fan.

Show Length and Times

Showbiz will begin performances on Monday 13th January. The show will run for a strictly limited period until Saturday 15th February

Run time – 2 hours 10 minutes (incl. interval)

Suitable for Children?

Showbiz is recommended for those aged 14+

Noises Off


Five Stars
“The appeal of Noises Off is enduring for all the ages.”


“Frayn’s chaotic farce as thrilling as ever”


“Michael Frayn’s farce hits giddy heights”

After a run at Lyric Hammersmith acclaimed by critics and audience alike, Michael Frayn’s classic backstage comedy Noises Off transfers to the Garrick Theatre to delight West End audiences with its masterclass of classic slapstick farce.

Noises Off follows the cast of the disastrous flop Nothing On, following the mishaps and fumbles both on and off stage as the show goes from rehearsal to performance. Anything that can go wrong does, in this hilarious, high-energy farce that will have you rolling in the aisles.

Reprising their roles from the Lyric production, Meera Syal (The Kumars), Daniel Rigby (One Man, Two Guvnors), Lloyd Owen (The York Realist) and Simon Rouse (The Full Monty) will all be part of the Garrick cast.

Writer Michael Frayn has had an illustrious career spaning plays, novels and film, with Noises Off having won him the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Comedy.

Noises Off  is directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall, All My Sons), with design from Max Jones and lighting by Amy Mae.

A classic comedy hit that any fans of Mischief Theatre Company will love, Noises Off is a revival of a legendary comedy that is not to be missed.

Show Length and Times

Noises Off began performances on Friday 27th September, with official opening night on 3rd October. The show will run for a strictly limited period until Saturday 4th January
Run time – 2 hours 10 minutes (incl. interval)

Suitable for Children?

Noises Off is recommended for those ages 12+

Brainiac Live!

Strap on your safety goggles and don’t try this at home!

The hit science entertainment TV show Brainiac makes its way to the West End stage this summer in a live show. Brainiac Live will play at the Garrick Theatre London for a limited run.

Based on the hit television show, Brainiac Live! is the show that laughs in the face of science. Viewers might remember seeing plenty of exploding caravans on the show, which has been hosted by Richard Hammond and Vic Reeves.

Featuring a perfect mix of education and explosion, watch the presenters carry out a series of fearless – and foolish – experiments to really test out some of science’s greatest theories. Expect supercharged spinning chairs, exploding dustbins, and the ultimate Airzooka challenge!

Brainiac Live! first began in 2008, after the TV series sadly came to and end. The show first toured to packed houses in the UK before embarking on an international tour, including to Abu Dhabi. In total, the show has been seen by over 400,000 people of every age who have learnt something new about science.

Don’t miss this high energy show!

Cast & Creative

Brainiac Live! is directed by and stars Andy Joyce. He is joined onstage by presenters Maggie Fazer and Rik Warren.

Show Length & Times

Brainiac Live! plays at the Garrick Theatre London from July 31st – September 1st 2019.
Performances are Tuesday – Sunday with performance times varying across 11am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm.
Brainiac Live! is an hour long.

Suitable for Children?

Brainiac Live! is suitable for ages 5+

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Bitter Wheat

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet brings the world premiere of his new play Bitter Wheat to the West End’s Garrick Theatre for a limited season.

Hollywood is a hell hole, and everything is for sale except the awards – which are for rent.
John Malkovich plays depraved Hollywood mogul, Barney Fein, who falls from power to shame in a journey compared to The Odyssey.
The play is in response to the #MeToo movement and the allegations made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein last year.

Cast and Creative

David MametDavid Mamet (left) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who is best known for his works including Oleanna, Glengary Glen Ross, and Speed-the-Plow. Mamet is also known for his work in film: he wrote the screenplay for Hannibal and directed and wrote the film Heist.

John Malkovich makes his return to the West End stage after more than 30 years away. Malkovich most recently starred in the Netflix film Bird Box, and is also known for his roles in Johnny English, Dangerous Liaisons, and Of Mice and Men. The actor has been twice nominated for an Academy Award.

Bitter Wheat also stars Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Ioanna Kimbook, who makes her West End debut.
The play will be directed by Mamet, with design by Christopher Oram (Photograph 51) and lighting by Neil Austin (Company).

Show Length and Times

Bitter Wheat will begin performances on Friday 7th June, with an official opening night on  Wednesday 19th June. The show will run for a strictly limited period until Saturday September 14th.
Run time – 1 hour 50 minutes (incl. interval)

Suitable for Children?

This play is not suitable for children, due to its themes. The official age recommendation is 16+.

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Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt

This Is Going to Hurt

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay brings his hilarious sell-out show about his past career as a junior doctor back to the Garrick Theatre for a limited five performances due to high demand.

Adapted from the Sunday Times best-selling novel of the same name, This is Going to Hurt is an eye-opening stand-up show which offers a unique insight into the life of a junior doctor. Based upon the diaries Kay kept whilst working in a hospital, the show is a blend of gory hospital stories, funny songs, and first-hand observations which are guaranteed to make you laugh, squirm, and learn more about what working as part of the NHS is like.

The show is a triumph, having sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe for three years running, at the Soho Theatre in 2017, and a UK tour which featured performances at the Garrick and Vaudeville Theatres in London’s West End. It returns to the Garrick Theatre in January.

Cast & Creative

Adam Kay

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer who held a former career as a junior doctor. As a student, Kay began the musical parody band ‘Amateur Transplants’, who are most famous for their parody ‘London Underground’. Kay has since written for shows such as Mrs Brown’s Boys, Very British Problems and Mitchell and Webb. This is Going to Hurt is currently being adapted into an 8-part series for BBC Two.

Running Times

This is Going to Hurt returns to the Garrick Theatre between the 6th and 11th of January. The show starts at 8pm from 6th-9th, and 8:30pm on the 10th and 11th.
The performance is approximately an hour and ten minutes, with no interval.

Suitable for Children?

This is Going to Hurt is recommended for ages 12+.

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Rip It Up – The 60s

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Following a successful UK tour, Rip It Up – The 60s makes its home in the West End for a four-month season. It stars a supergroup foursome: McFly’s Harry Judd, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, JLS’s Aston Merrygold and The Wanted’s Jay McGuinness. This celebration of the 1960s features dance, song, acrobatics and show-stopping visuals, bringing the era to life in all its psychedelic glory. Playing at the Garrick Theatre from February 2019, it’s ready to win hearts and get bodies moving.

The boys share something in common: a passion for dance and a stint on Strictly Come Dancing. Aston, dubbed ‘The People’s Champion’, was a contestant on the 2017 series. Harry emerged as winner of the 2011 season, Louis won in 2012 and Jay was crowned champion in 2015. Putting their dance skills to good use, Harry, Louis and Aston set out on the UK wide tour of Rip It Up – The 60s in 2018. Now they are joined by Jay for the West End run, completing the talented foursome.

Big-hearted and uplifting, the show resurrects the buzz of the 60s with its distinctive culture and fashion, not to mention its iconic sounds. Listen to the music of British superstars such as The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones, as well as music from American legends like The Doors, The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas. All this is amplified with real footage of definitive moments from the era, and exciting celebrity contributions.

A dose of nostalgia delivered with infectious energy, Rip It Up – The 60s plays at the Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited run from 7 February 2019 to 2 June 2019.

Meet & Greet Add-on Ticket:Rip It Up – The 60s has an additional ticket option. Alongside purchasing your ticket for the show, you can also add on a ‘Meet & Greet’ ticket for £100 (plus booking fee). This allows you to meet the stars before the show in the theatre’s Grand Circle Bar! Tickets for the Meet & Greet will be on sale soon.
*The appearance of a particular performer cannot be guaranteed*

Cast and Creative

Jay McGuinness is a former member of The Wanted, the boy band who earned international worldwide success with hits Glad You Came, All Time Low and more. Harry Judd is a drummer who rose to fame as a member of global pop phenomenon McFly. Aston Merrygold began his career as a member of X Factor runners-up JLS, going on to carve out a solo pop career. Louis Smith found fame in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, winning a Bronze medal in the pommel horse.

Show Length and Times

Rip It Up – The 60s plays at the Garrick Theatre London from 7 February 2019 to 2 June 2019 with a press night on 12 February 2019. Performances are Wednesday to Sunday at 7.30pm, with matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

The show runs at 2 hours and 20 minutes with an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The age recommendation for Rip It Up – The 60s is 8+.

Adam Kay – This Is Going To Hurt

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Writer and comedian Adam Kay brings his hilarious and confronting show This Is Going To Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) to London’s Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited number of performances. Adapted from his Sunday Times bestselling book of the same name, the show promises a unique glimpse into the trials of an NHS junior doctor.

Combining wordplay, funny songs and squeamish recounts of hospital horror stories, the show is guaranteed to make you laugh, squirm and open your eyes, as first-hand observations offer up the real tribulations of a junior doctor. Earning rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, This Is Going to Hurt proves that laughter really is the best medicine.

Playing a for a limited run at the West End’s Garrick Theatre, Adam Kay – This Is Going To Hurt is a vivid, visceral and hugely entertaining stand-up performance that brings to life the diaries Kay kept during his time in the NHS. Fresh from sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show arrives in London in October 2018.

Cast and Creative

Adam Kay is an award-winning writer and comedian, who has worked on shows including Mrs Brown’s Boys, Mitchell & Webb and Blind Date. Appearing on screen as a panellist on Newsnight, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and more, This Is Going To Hurt is the best-selling book and show, written and performed by Kay himself.

Show Lengths and Times

Adam Kay – This Is Going To Hurt plays at the Garrick Theatre London on 2, 3, 5 and 6 October 2018. Shows are at 8pm every day, aside from Saturday where there is a matinee at 2pm.

Show running time is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Adam Kay – This Is Going To Hurt is recommended for those aged 12 and up.

Tickets

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Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

“tells some tart and triumphal tales”

“In Glitter Room it is not just Ryan’s outfit that sparkles.”

“Ryan’s broad appeal is undeniable”

Popular comedian Katherine Ryan arrives in the West End as part of a nationwide, sell-out tour, playing a limited season at the Garrick Theatre. Glitter Room plays at the London venue from September 2018.

Glitter Room is Ryan’s first UK tour since the hugely successful KATHBUM, which sold-out across the nation, and enjoyed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The tour culminated in a recorded show at the Hammersmith Apollo, which made Ryan Britain and Canada’s first and only woman to have a worldwide Netflix special.

Packed full of hilarious anecdotes, jokes and a pertinent take on society, Glitter Room is the show from the famous face that has appeared on Roast Battle, Your Face or Mine, Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, plus Netflix’s Katherine Ryan: In Trouble.

Playing an uproarious, strictly limited season at the Garrick Theatre, Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room runs from 17 September to 13 October 2018.

Cast and Creative

Glitter Room is popular comedian Katherine Ryan’s latest stand-up show. A writer, performer and regular panellist on popular television shows, Ryan first appeared in the public eye in 2012, and has since gone on to dominate stage and screen.

Show Lengths and Times

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room opens at the Garrick Theatre London on 17 September 2018 and is currently booking until 20 October 2018. Shows are at 8pm Monday to Saturday.

Show running time is approximately 2 hours, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room is recommended for those aged 14 and up.

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