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Noises Off

After a run at Lyric Hammersmith acclaimed by critics and audience alike, Michael Frayn’s classic backstage comedy Noises Off is set to transfer to the Garrick Theatre this September.

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 set to be 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 begins previews at the Garrick Theatre from 27 September.

Show Length and Times

Noises Off will begin performances on Friday 27th September, with official opening night to be announces. 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+

Production images from the Lyric Hammersmith production – some casting may be subject to change.

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 four 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 Theatre in London’s West End. It returns to the Garrick Theatre until May only.

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 until 28 May. The show starts at 8pm each night.
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.

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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.

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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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Don Quixote

Following an acclaimed opening at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Angus Jackson’s riotous 2016 production of Don Quixote transfers to the West End. Playing a strictly limited season at the Garrick Theatre, the production sees the return of David Threlfall and Rufus Hound as the iconic duo, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Adapted for the stage by journalist, literary critic and poet James Fenton, the production is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ original novel of the same name, which follows the adventurous title character as he embarks on his own quest of chivalry after reading countless books. Armed with a lance and a sword, he decides to become a wandering knight, rescuing the helpless and defeating the evil.

Unfortunately, Don Quixote is tremendously unprepared, and quickly loses his grip on reality. Accompanied by his loyal, but equally unprepared, companion Sancho Panza, the two set out on a hilarious, haphazard adventure in this farcical adaptation of a famous novel.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the production is once again directed by Angus Jackson, whose credits span numerous productions with the RSC. A hugely funny, lyrical and energetic take on a classic novel, Don Quixote plays at London’s Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited season, running from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019.

Cast and Creative

Don Quixote is adapted for the stage from Miguel de Cervantes’ original novel by poet James Fenton. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Nica Burns, the production is directed by Angus Jackson (Coriolanus, Julius Caesar) and features original songs by Grant Olding. The production also features design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Fergus O’Hare, with comedy direction by Cal McCrystal, movement by Lucy Cullingford, puppetry design and direction by Toby Olie and fight direction by Malcolm Ransom.

David Threlfall and Rufus Hound return to reprise their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, respectively. Threlfall is best-known for his television roles in Channel 4’s Shameless, What Remains and Troy: Fall of a City, whilst Hound’s recent stage work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wind in the Willows and Present Laughter.

Show Lengths and Times

Don Quixote plays at the Garrick Theatre London from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019, with a press night on 8 November 2018. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm.

Show running time is 2 hours 45 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Don Quixote is recommended for those aged 8 and up.

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Young Frankenstein

‘literally impossible to stop laughing’

‘an evening of gloriously impure fun’

‘so witty and inventive’

Mel Brooks’ quirky musical Young Frankenstein receives its West End premiere at London’s Garrick Theatre, opening for a limited season beginning September 2017. Based on the 1974 Oscar-nominated film co-written with Thomas Meehan and starring Gene Wilder, the brand new production follows a Broadway run that closed in 2009.

Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which sees the creation of a creature that cannot be controlled. When Frederick Frankenstein, a New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a Transylvanian castle and laboratory from his genius, but deranged grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein, he quickly has some decisions to make.

Facing a scary dilemma, young Frankenstein must choose whether to run from his grandfather’s frightening legacy or to continue to crazily experiment with reanimating the dead. And, in the process, will he fall in love with his sultry lab assistant, Inga?

Originally opening on Broadway in 2007, directed by Susan Stroman, Young Frankenstein received a variety of views, running for 484 performances. Stroman returns to direct a revamped, restyled production, reuniting with Mel Brooks and the creative team behind their last hit, The Producers.

A hilarious parody of cult horror films, Young Frankenstein continues to play to rave reviews at the Garrick Theatre.

Cast and Creative

Based on the 1974 film, Young Frankenstein features a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, whose previous musicals include The Producers. Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys, Crazy for You) directs and choreographs, with set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, orchestrations by Dough Besterman, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Gareth Owen.

Casting has been announced, including Hadley Fraser (Les Miserables, City of Angels) as Dr Frankenstein, Cory English as Igor, as well as Lesley Joseph as Frau Blucher, Diane Pilkington, Summer Strallen and Patrick Clancy.

Additional casting includes Imogen Brooke, Matt Crandon, Nathan Elwick, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Sammy Kelly, Richard Pitt, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Gemma Scholes, Emily Squibb, Aron Wild and Josh Wilmott.

Song List

Act I

  • “Overture” – Orchestra
  • “The Happiest in Town” – Kemp and Villagers
  • “The Brain” – Frederick and Students
  • “Please Don’t Touch Me” – Elizabeth and Voyagers
  • “Together Again” – Frederick and Igor
  • “Roll in the Hay” – Frederick, Igor and Inga
  • “Join the Family Business” – Frederick, Victor and Ancestors
  • “He Vas My Boyfriend” – Frau Blucher
  • “Alone” – Elizabeth
  • “Life, Life” – Frederick, Igor, Inga and Blucher
  • “Welcome to Transylvania” – Transylvania Quartet
  • “Transylvania Mania” – Frederick, Igor, Inga, Kemp and Villagers

Act II

  • “He’s Loose” – Kemp and Villagers
  • “Listen to Your Heart” – Inga
  • “Surprise” – Elizabeth, Igor, Blucher and Entourage
  • “Please Send Me Someone” – The Hermit
  • “Man About Town” – Frederick
  • “Puttin’ on the Ritz” – Frederick, The Monster, Igor, Inga and Ensemble
  • “Deep Love” – Elizabeth
  • “Frederick’s Soliloquy” – Frederick
  • “Deep Love (Reprise)” – The Monster
  • “Finale Ultimo” – The Company

Show Lengths and Times

Young Frankenstein opened at the Garrick Theatre London on October 10th 2017, with previews beginning September 28th 2017. The show closes in August 2018.

Show running time is 2 hours 20 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Young Frankenstein may not be suitable for young children. All persons entering the theatre must have their own ticket.

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Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain

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Horrible Histories returns to the West End, this time in a special production that celebrates even more of barmy Britain! Following the tremendous success of last year’s The Best of Barmy Britain at the Apollo Theatre, Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain plays a limited summer season at the Garrick Theatre, with previews beginning August 4th 2017.

We all want to meet people from history. Unfortunately, the people that we want to meet are very much dead! But never fear, Horrible Histories are here to ensure that you get to meet every single one of your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past!

Discover why the Romans revolted! Would you be able to survive the vicious Vikings? Can the evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you perchance party with the Puritans? Meet King Charles, the dastardly Dick Turpin, the vile Victorians and a very wordy William Shakespeare, and prepare to embark on a battle in the frightful First World War!

Birmingham Stage Company adapt Terry Deary’s beloved book series into a glorious stage adaptation, dubbed as “history with the nasty bits left in!” Celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary, More Best of Barmy Britain marks twelve years of Horrible Histories Live on Stage, and six successful years in the West End.

Cast and Creative

Horrible-Histories_satelliteCreated by Terry Deary, Horrible Histories is one of Britain’s best-selling series. Birmingham Stage Company present a whole new production, featuring Neal Foster.

Previous Birmingham Stage Company productions include Barmy Britain I, II & III as well as last year’s The Best of Barmy Britain. Their production of Gangsta Granny will run simultaneously at the Garrick Theatre.

Show Lengths and Times

Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain opens at the Garrick Theatre London on August 4th to September 2nd 2017, with an official opening performance on August 7th 2017. Performances are at 2pm and 4pm on Monday, 11:30am on Wednesday-Friday, 10am and 12pm on Saturday-Sunday.

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

Suitable for Children?

Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain is recommended for anyone between 5 and 105!

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