42nd Street Tickets

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
Important Info
42nd Street Child Policy

Ages 7+. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday 14:30 19:30
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book 42nd Street Tickets

42nd Street, the ultimate Broadway musical, runs in London on the West End’s biggest stage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes (which was subsequently adapted for the silver screen the following year), 42nd Street tells of the great director Julian Marsh and his upcoming production of the musical Pretty Lady. But when the show’s star is forced to drop out of the production, Marsh calls on unknown chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, who takes to the stage a “youngster” and comes back a “star”. With a classic score of musical theatre standards including "We're in the Money", "Lullaby of Broadway", "42nd Street" and "About a Quarter to Nine", this heart-warming musical provides exceptional tap routines and classic comedy.

Before tapping its way into the West End in March 2017, the musical first took Broadway by storm in 1980 where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical and ran for almost 3,500 performances. The musical first ran in the West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1984, and won the Olivier for Best Musical.

42nd Street made its return to the West End in 2017, with Scottish pop singer Sheena Easton starring in the role of Dorothy Brock. In March 2018, pop singer Lulu took over the role of Brock. Lulu is best known for her hits “Shout”, “To Sir With Love” and “Boom Bang-a-Bang”, and her previous West End credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, and a National Theatre production of Guys and Dolls. 42nd Street will be Lulu’s first West End appearance in over 30 years.

The cast of 42nd Street also includes Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer, Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and (from 19th March) Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor.

This new production is directed by Mark Bramble, choreographed by Randy Skinner and will feature scenic design by Douglas W Schmidt and costume design by Roger Kirk.


About 42nd Street

As the curtain opens on America in 1932 at the heart of the Great Depression, chorines and gypsies get wind that acclaimed Broadway producer Julian Marsh is casting his new musical show. As an extensive tap audition begins, we're introduced to fresh-off-the-bus Peggy Sawyer, a talented and enthusiastic young star who manages to pass her audition and join the company.

Dorothy Brock, an over the hill star is set to be the leading lady in 'Pretty Lady', and her beau Abner Dillon has $100,000 to invest in the production, despite the fact that the Dorothy has fallen in love with one of her old stage partners Pat Denning. As the group head to Philadelphia for their out of town try-out, Dorothy breaks off her relationship with Dillon in a move that threatens the entire production. On opening night Peggy bumps into Dorothy during a routine, sending the star to the floor with a broken ankle forcing the curtain to come down. The question now is, who will take over the role and be the new star, as the show must go on...


42nd Street Child Policy 

Ages 7+. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted

Important information

Booking Until
Sat, 5 January 2019
Cast

42nd Street Cast

As of 5 March 2018


By: Harry Warren and Al Dubin, with book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Producer: Michael Linnit & Michael Grade for Gate Ventures PLC
Director: Mark Bramble
Songs by: Harry Warren and Al Dubin  
Choreography: Randy Skinner
Costume: Roger Kirk


Cast list

Sheena Easton (Dorothy Brock), Tom Lister (Julian Marsh), Clare Halse (Peggy Sawyer), Jasna Ivir (Maggie Jones), Norman Bowman (Pat Denning), Stuart Neal (Billy Lawlor), Graeme Henderson (Andy Lee), Christopher Howell (Bert Barry), Bruce Montague (Abner Dillon), Mark McKerracher (Mac/Doc/Thug) and Emma Caffrey (Annie). Ensemble: Clare Rickard, Victoria Hay, Leah Harris, Jasmine Kerr, Millie O'Connell, Katy Riches, Gabrielle Lewis Dodson, Daisy Steere, Karli Vale, Sophie Camble, Christina Shand, Courtney George, Zoe Rogers, Jessica Keable, Sara Bispham, Lisa Dent, Katharine Pearson, Kirsty Fuller, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Charlene Ford, Dylan Mason, Philip Bertioli, Luke George, Ronan Burns, Eddie Myles, Ryan Gover, Sam Murphy, Freddie Clements, Zac Watts, Greg Bernstein, Kristen Gaetz, Charlotte Anne Steen, Gabrielle Cocca, Kate Ivory Jordan, Josh Andrews, Martin McCarthy.
Reviews

42nd Street Critics & Reviews

Critics rating: ****
Average press rating: ****
Review by: Dom O'Hanlon

There’s a moment of indescribable exhilaration at the very start of this careful yet constantly surprising revival of 42nd Street which begins, as every production of the musical does, with the curtain rising a mere two foot to display the tapping feet of a stunning 40-strong ensemble. It’s the first of many heart-stopping moments throughout this new production that returns to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane some 33 years after David Merrick’s original ran at the self same venue and whilst it manages to feel strikingly fresh there’s a comfort in its exactness and attention to detail that feels like greeting a long-lost friend and immediately falling back into step.

Musical comedy may be, to Julian Marsh at least, the most glorious words in the English language, yet it carries a set of familiar tropes and devices that can leave some audience members stone cold. Not the greatest show of its genre by construction, this musical rarely pretends to be anything it isn’t. The music and lyrics don’t contain the wit and charm of Cole Porter or Irving Berlin, the book is slight and predictable but what it does boast is an enormously talented ensemble that together help it shine up there with the brightest stars in the West End.

Originally conceived by the 'Abominable Showman' Merrick it was an early example of both a screen-to-stage adaptation and a jukebox musical – winning formulas that have since gone on to be the bread and butter of Broadway. Ever with a finger on the pulse, Merrick recognised that audiences craved upbeat familiarity and more importantly escapism – two ingredients it delivers by the bucket-load. This latest revival, dutifully directed by book writer Mark Bramble with faultless choreography by Randy Skinner, was previously seen on Broadway in 2001 and provided much needed escapism in the season directly following 9/11, with the show itself bouncing back strongly as audiences sought light and up-beat entertainment. Its charm is effortless and effervescent and this leave-your-troubles-at-the-door attitude is the production’s greatest asset. I defy anyone to leave the theatre without a smile on your face.

This production's biggest news draw is the West End debut of Sheena Easton in the supporting lead role of fading diva Dorothy Brock, around whom the musical 'Pretty Lady' is framed, thanks to her courtship of a Texan investor. When she trips mid-performance and is forced to step down from the role, young upstart chorine Peggy Sawyer is promoted to the role, and I'm pretty sure you can guess the rest. Easton brings a glamour and radiance to the role that feels slightly anachronistic, boasting a tremendous set of pipes that helps many of the Al Dubin and Harry Warren's numbers land. Her accent wanders, along with others around her and there's rarely any depth, but she sparkles both literally and figuratively and consistently holds the house in her hands regardless.

Bramble's production zips by in the blink of an eye. Book scenes are ecstatic and swift, keeping the show moving from one glorious production number to the next. High drama this is not, but the show is constantly aware of its trump cards and the more time in the company of the glorious and hard-working ensemble the better. The structure of the show allows for it to indulge moment to moment rather than as a composite whole, deliberately pastiching the shows of the 1930s, where, as the lyrics go, audiences come for the “beautiful Dames” rather than the book. Any moments of tension burst almost immediately, resonating with the 'show must go on' attitude that removes any hurdle and keeps it accelerating to its foregone conclusion – a Broadway hit.

Clare Halse is a delight to watch as Peggy Sawyer, courting the audience and affectionately delivering Skinner's rhythmically intoxicating routines. Tom Lister offers strong support as celebrated director-choreographer Julian Marsh alongside some colourful caricatures from Jasna Ivir, Stuart Neal and Norman Bowman, but the show itself belongs to the 'hoofers' who reach into your soul with their perfect synchronisation and contagious charm and leave you walking on air.

Rarely have I seen a physical West End production of this standard, with the full depth of the magnificent Drury Lane stage utilised with set after set, spectacularly designed and realised by Douglas W.Schmidt. Each one of Roger Kirk's sequins is designed to delight and in its dazzle it's unapologetic in its manipulation. This is a show that will certainly tap your troubles away and leaves you beaming from the inside out. Infectious musical theatre joy of the highest calibre.

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What the Press Said...

"Sheena Easton brings poise and star quality to an energetic revival that suffers from its bloodless and out of date source material."
Michael Billington for The Guardian

"An American classic right royally revived."
Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph

"Luckily, there’s a superabundance of spectacle to revel in, as an impeccably-drilled cast of more than 50 tap up a continual storm to some very tuneful songs."
Fiona Mountford for The Evening Standard

"The spectacle is off the scale in this unashamedly glitzy lullaby to Broadway."
Tony Peters for The Radio Times

External links to full reviews from popular press
The Guardian - The Telegraph
Venue Info

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

VIEW SEATING PLAN


Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Address: Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
Capacity: 2196

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane that we see today was built in 1812, opening on 10th October with a production of Hamlet. However, this was not the first theatre on this site – there have been four theatres at this location since 1663, the first being destroyed by a fire in January 1672. The second theatre had a longer life, opening in 1674 and operating as a theatre for 117 years. The next theatre to open on the site was designed by Henry Hollandf and was the largest of the four buildings, with a seating capacity of 3600. This opened in 1794 but it too surrendered to a fire in 1809. Today’s building was designed by Benjamin Wyatt and is the only theatre in London to have two royal boxes in the auditorium. The front of house areas that we use today are almost exactly as they were then, having been extensively restored in 2013 by the current owner, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Over the life of this incarnation of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane the venue has become heavily associated with musical theatre. The musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein II played in succession from 1947 starting with Oklahoma!, Carousel in 1950, South Pacific in 1951 and The King and I closed the series with a three year run ending in 1956. The transfer of musicals from Broadway continued in 1958 with Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. The production played 2,281 performances. The writing duo followed this up in 1964 with their next musical, Camelot, another transfer from New York.

Another Broadway transfer danced its way into Drury Lane in July 1976 - the Pulitzer Prize winning A Chorus Line came to London with its original Broadway cast and played for almost three years, recasting roles with English talent throughout its run. Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street also made the move across the pond in 1980, opening up shop at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Whilst the show had enjoyed success in New York, the British press and audiences were not so taken and the show only managed to play 157 performances. Short runs of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and The Pirates of Penzance followed in 1981 and 1982 respectively, but it was the arrival of the tap-dance heavy 42nd Street in 1984 that saw the theatre packed and reignited the flame for long-running shows. The show played for an impressive 5 years, but couldn’t hold a candle to the theatre’s next tenant - Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon opened in September 1989 and went on to become the theatre’s longest-running tenant, playing over 4000 performances, closing in October 1999. It was recently revived in London at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2014.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane was been home to the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from June 2013, and in March 2017, the musical 42nd Street opened at the theatre.


Seating

The auditorium has four levels – Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony. It is a beautiful auditorium – probably the most attractive of the West End’s theatres.

The seats in Row S of the Stalls and onwards are affected by the overhang of the Royal Circle, but the Stalls do offer great views of the stage and the legroom is very good.

In the Royal Circle the view of the stage is affected from Row H onwards by the overhang of the Grand Circle. The seats do feel quite set back from the stage, but the view is generally very good.

The Upper Circle feels relatively close to the stage for its height and views from this level of the theatre are surprisingly good.

The Balcony is set very high up and although a strong rake helps to give good sightlines to the stage many people have suffered from vertigo at this level.


Facilities At Theatre Royal Drury Lane 

Seat plan: Theatre Royal Drury Lane Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Bar
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Access description: 
6 steps up to front entrance through swing doors into main foyer and Box Office. Box Office counter to right. 20 steps down then 17 up to Stalls with handrails on both sides, 39 to Dress Circle with a handrail on the right, 61 to Upper Circle with a handrail on both sides. Top stair of each group is highlighted.

Sound Amplification: Infra-red system with 10 headsets. Best reception in centre Stalls and centre Circle. Headsets available from duty manager in main foyer. Induction loop at Box Office.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs not allowed into the auditorium but theatre staff can look after them in an office.

Disabled Access: Entrance to theatre through signposted door on Russell Street which leads into the left of the Stalls. The door has a bell on the outside. 4 spaces for wheelchairs users, L1 and 35 and K1 and 35, companions can sit in the same row. Transfer seating to aisle seats, wheelchairs can be stored in the Stalls store room (maximum of 2 scooter transferees).

Toilets: No steps to men’s from Stalls. Further toilets at Stalls and Grand Circle.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet to the left inside Russell Street entrance, beside the Stalls


Nearest tube: Covent Garden
Tube lines: Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Aldwych) 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, RV1, X68
Night bus numbers: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres it will be on your left in Russell Street/Catherine Street.

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