42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane tickets
42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane tickets

42nd Street tickets from £17.75

Tickets from £17.75

Overview

Broadway’s biggest and liveliest show has arrived in the West End in spring 2017, as the new revival of 42nd Street began performances at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in a colourful new version of the timeless tale of a girl following her dream to have her name in lights on Broadway.

The story follows Peggy Sawyer, a young girl who grew up in a small American town, but always dreamed of bigger things. After moving to New York to seize the opportunity of being in a chorus line in a new Broadway show, she gets more then she bargained for when the show’s star is injured and Peggy is thrust centre stage. Will she be able to climb the precarious ladder to Broadway stardom however?

42nd Street is the classic backstage musical, being action packed and full of song and dance. The show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with previews having began on Monday 20th March 2017 and the show having had its official premiere on the 4th April 2017. This follows the close of the much loved version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which has wowed audiences over the last few years.

Despite having a lot to live up to, 42nd Street has made the most of the huge Theatre Royal Drury Lane stage with a cast of over 50 strong. It is also not the first time the musical has been performed there. The legendary 1984 run, saw fact mirroring fiction as the then understudy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, took up the lead when the show’s original star had a long period off due to holiday and then illness. Zeta-Jones was so critically acclaimed in that role that she became the permanent lead, as well as it helping to catapult her to Hollywood stardom.

Casting includes Steph Parry as Dorothy Brock, alongside Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer, Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor. Further casting includes Jasna Ivir as Maggie, Graeme Henderson as Andy Lee, Christopher Howell as Bert Barry, Bruce Montague as Abner Dillon, Emma Caffrey as Anytime Annie, Matthew Goodgame as Pat Denning and Mark McKerracher as Mac/Doc/Thug.

Ensemble members are Clare Rickard, Ella Martine, Hannah Amin, Lucy Andic, Sara Bispham, Pamela Blair, Abi Curruthers, Danielle Cato, Lisa Dent, Natasha Ferguson, Madeleine Francis, Maria Garrett,  Maddie Harper, Leah Harris, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Bethany Huckle, Sarah Kacey, Annie Kitchen, Jenny Legg, Hannah–Faith Marram, Billie Kay, Katy Riches, Zoe Rogers, Jessica Stent, Josephina Camble, Gabrielle Cocca, Emma Johnson,  Jasmine Kerr, Lucy Renouf, Christina Shard, Freddie Clements, Martin McCarthy, Zac Watts, Steph Parry, Thomas Audibert, George Beet, Philip Bertioli, Joel Cooper, Matt Cox, Adam Denman, Luke George, Ryan Gover, Alyn Hawke, Tom Partridge, James-Royden Lyley and Liam Wrate.

This new production of 42nd Street comprises all your favourite songs in the original, such as We’re In The Money, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You, 42nd Street and Shuffle Off To Buffalo.

Mark Bramble, the co-author of the book of the original production of 42nd Street, returns to direct this new version, following the praise he received of his much loved 2001 revival. He is joined by 42nd Street veteran choreographer Randy Skinner, who both worked on the original, as well as various productions since. The combination of Bramble and Skinner means that this will undoubtedly be a spectacular and vibrant revival of the classic musical.

42nd Street began performances at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Monday 20th March 2017, having had an official opening night on Tuesday 4th April 2017 and is not to be missed by and fan of musicals, so make sure to get hold of your tickets now!

Theatre legend Bonnie Langford takes over the role of Dorothy Brock from 3 September.

Recommended for

When you are a musical lover, how can you beat a musical about musicals? 42nd Street is the quintessential high-kicking spectacular about Broadway, perfect for those who have loved similar works such as Singing in the Rain or the most recent revival of A Chorus Line which received huge critical acclaim.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 5+. No under 4's.

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 mins (including interval)
Opened: 20 Mar 2017
Press night: 04 Apr 2017
Booking from: 23 Jul 2018
Booking until: 05 Jan 2019

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Catherine Street
London, WC2B 5JF

721 Reviews Add review

The ensemble cast is absolutely solid, definitely one of the best in London right now. With numerous group dance numbers on such a... More

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The ensemble cast is absolutely solid, definitely one of the best in London right now. With numerous group dance numbers on such a massive scale, all the movements were beautifully synchronised, and well executed. There's just something awe-inspiring about the thunderous and unified sound of tap shoes accompanying their energetic dances, and the cast looks like they're thoroughly enjoying themselves. The costumes enhance the experience significantly, making the show even more of a feast for the eyes, and elevating each of the already impressive numbers. There are some really imaginative set pieces as well, including a mirror at one point that is appropriately angled (at least for those in the stalls) to let you admire the choreography of the ladies while they perform choreography lying on the stage floor. Don't expect much of a plot, though. As they say themselves in the lyrics of one of their songs, Dames, "But who cares if there's a plot or not, / When they've got a lot of dames!" The musical is really a bunch of unrelated songs and dance numbers strung together into a massive production with a simple plot, that isn't advanced at all by its songs. That said, the show is definitely worth catching for its dance numbers and costumes alone.

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A superb show and the most amazing choreography you are likely to see in any show currently showing in London. The plot is fair... More

andysadler 5'9", 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A superb show and the most amazing choreography you are likely to see in any show currently showing in London. The plot is fairly simple, (and familiar, along the lines of "nice but naive small-town girl wants to be a star, gets job, loses job, gets job back, becomes a star") but many of the songs are well known "classics" that you may already know, even if you didn't realise that this was where they had come from. The set piece routines have between 30-40 dancers on stage at a time and are simply mesmerising, even if you aren't really a fan of set piece ensemble dancing, and the costumes (and the number of costume changes throughout the show) are just astonishing - I honestly don't think I've ever seen so many sparkly sequins in one place at the same time. This show is a real, feel good, smile inducing show and definitely well worth seeing. (And the Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream sold during the interval is superb too !)

andysadler 5'9", 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved this show. It had everything you want from a West End musical. There was a huge cheer and round of applause when the spotl... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 156 reviews, 9 helpful votes

I loved this show. It had everything you want from a West End musical. There was a huge cheer and round of applause when the spotlight came on the Musical director when the orchestra first started and it just got better and better. There were so many 'wow' moments. The choreography was breathtaking; the big numbers were incredible. It has fantastic costume design using gorgeous palettes of colours. The set design was perfect. I loved that they used traditional theatre sets with painted back drops that were superb, none of this modern back projection rubbish that so many seem to be using now. The cast were glorious and made the Tap dancing look effortless, they were amazing. Personally this isn't my kind of music, but it didn't matter, the show was stunning, classy and completely won me over. I can't wait to see it again.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 156 reviews, 9 helpful votes

42nd Street really stands up to a second viewing. The costumes still wow, the dances are still fantastic and the cast just get st... More

Chen 5"6, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

42nd Street really stands up to a second viewing. The costumes still wow, the dances are still fantastic and the cast just get stronger and stronger. A traditional musical that has been lovingly energised for a modern audience. Tom Lister continues to improve each show I see him in, and a very strong supporting ensemble makes this one of the best shows in the west end. A special mention to the real star of the show Clare Halse, who is an incredible talent, and not to be missed! A show for literally of the family. honestly out of this world, and worth seeing for them alone. There's some incredible set pieces which really enhances the already wonderful choreography. It is what you would expect a traditional musical to be, but rather than it being cheesy, it was endearing and heart-warming. The stage is literally crammed full of talent!

Chen 5"6, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I want to see 42nd Street for the dancing, and I wasn't disappointed. It was superb! Proper, old-fashioned Hollywood Movie tapping... More

alysonhewitt 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I want to see 42nd Street for the dancing, and I wasn't disappointed. It was superb! Proper, old-fashioned Hollywood Movie tapping, with a huge ensemble. Truly spectacular. So why not 5 Stars? The plot of the show is paper-thin and doesn't really stand the test of time, and although the dancing is stunning the stage at Drury Lane seemed too big for the show: the sets were very minimal and seemed a bit low-budget. Maybe they skimped on those to afford a few extra dancers! Clare Halse playing Peggy Sawyer was absolutely stunning: the very definition of a West End "triple threat": brilliant dancer, actress and singer, her talent is incredible. Everyone else suffered a little in comparison. A great, super-fun show. not the best I've seen recently, but definitely worth a visit!

alysonhewitt 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

One word for this show…..AMAZING!! The dancing is incredible (not a tap step out of sync). The energy levels from all the ca... More

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

One word for this show…..AMAZING!! The dancing is incredible (not a tap step out of sync). The energy levels from all the cast members were so high – I was exhausted watching them! 42nd Street is a joy from start to finish. There has been no expense spared for wonderful sets, the costumes and colours are amazing and of course the singing and dancing is a joy to watch. Being in the Royal Circle you had a wonderful overall view of the stage. I was especially impressed with Sheena Easton – who knew a pop star from the 80s could be a great West End performer! This is easily one of my favourite musicals of the year so far – go and see it!!

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I adore this show! It leaves you grinning from ear to ear throughout. It's surprisingly refreshing to see a traditional piece of m... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 142 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I adore this show! It leaves you grinning from ear to ear throughout. It's surprisingly refreshing to see a traditional piece of musical theatre on the West End, and the fact that they don't shy away from the cheesiness makes it so much better. We saw the understudy for Clare Halse, and she was FAB! I love Sheena Easton's voice and Tom Lister seems to have become more comfortable in the role - he too has a sublime voice. As for the tap-dancing - I think it inspires a lot of people to take it up! An absolutely stellar production that well deserves its place in London. I hope it continues to run!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 142 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The show was amazing visually, the acting I thought was very good with only a few questionable moments but overall a solid show. ... More

kemisnomo 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The show was amazing visually, the acting I thought was very good with only a few questionable moments but overall a solid show. The music was well performed and I have to say I was quite impressed with Tom Lister's singing. The tap dancing was phenomenal, not a step out of place or a missing beat, EVERYONE was on point! I did tap as a child and it brought back memories of performing and rehearsals. The show was good at taking you into the moment, I felt part of all the action especially as I was so close to the stage, all facial expressions and slight motions were noticed, I could even see the lead male's beads of sweat from dancing. I wholeheartedly recommend going to see this show, it's a spectacular performance!

kemisnomo 1 review, 0 helpful votes

WOW. This definitely has to have the best dance on the West End at the moment, an absolute sight to see. The opening really drags ... More

tobycoulton 5"5, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

WOW. This definitely has to have the best dance on the West End at the moment, an absolute sight to see. The opening really drags you right in with the whole chorus dancing, the level of energy never drops through out the whole show and they pull off routine after routine flawlessly. The sets are beautiful and massive with large set piece after large set piece moving on and off stage whilst the large cast move around them. The costumes are a wonder to see with such a large cast the amount of costumes where outstanding, Dames, We're in the Money and 42nd Street defiantly had the best costumes in the whole.

tobycoulton 5"5, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes