American Idiot at Arts Theatre tickets
American Idiot at Arts Theatre tickets

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Overview

American Idiot is the energetic musical, based on Green Day’s 2004 concept album of the same name, which follows a group of boyhood friends as they make plans to change their lives. Brought to life with a book by Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) the show demands its place alongside Rent and Spring Awakening in the hall-of-fame of angsty rock musicals.

Aaron Sidwell (Loserville: The Musical) heads the cast as the disaffected Johnny, who convinces his friends Tunny and Will to move to the city in an attempt to escape the dead-end lives they have been handed. Their plans quickly disintegrate and the friends find themselves in the wake of 9/11, separated by fatherhood, war, and drug abuse. American Idiot fractures into three separate stories of fractured lives in a fractured age and does so with dynamic and angry urgency.

The Grammy award-winning score features the best of Green Day, including ‘American Idiot’, ‘Jesus of Suburbia’, ‘Holiday’, and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’. American Idiot is however the jukebox musical with a message, and Billie Joe Armstrong declares himself as a forceful voice of his generation. The big ideas and big music are all squeezed into the intimate Arts Theatre which means every performance packs the punch of a high octane rock gig.

Joining Aaron Sidwell is Alexis Gerred as Tunny, Steve Rushton as Will, and X Factor star Amelia Lily makes her West End debut as Whatsername, a mysterious woman who steals Johnny’s heart and catches his imagination.

American Idiot is playing at the Arts Theatre until 22nd November 2015.

Recommended for

If you’re looking for a new musical as an antidote to more tame productions, this comes highly recommended. Lovers of musicals like Rent, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, We Will Rock You, and Spring Awakening will enjoy Billie Joe Armstrong’s rock opera.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Opened: 17 Jul 2015
Press night: 22 Jul 2015
Booking from: 21 Nov 2015
Booking until: 21 Nov 2015

Location and map

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London, WC2H 7JB

10 Reviews Add review

I grew up listening to GreenDay and so was interested how there music would be made into a show. Whilst in a way it was quite like... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I grew up listening to GreenDay and so was interested how there music would be made into a show. Whilst in a way it was quite like a Juke Box Musical the story and theme from the album American Idiot was carried well throughout. This show had some controversial themes and certainly didn't hold back in showing some very raw and edgy scenes of drug taking and sex. The actors really carried this show well within the realms of the fixed set, with only the central section changing. Each performance as good as each other and all needing each other to make the story work. The set felt lacking in budget a little but overall that didn't impact if anything it made the story seem more real to life. I think that the show did well to put across the themes and I did enjoy the show, although it took a while to process this decision - at first I wasn't sure at all, but maybe that was just the shock factor immediately after the show.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

If you love rock and roll, this is the show for you! With a powerful, gritty soundtrack of Green Day's album 'American Idiot' (as ... More

theetrebug 171cm, 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

If you love rock and roll, this is the show for you! With a powerful, gritty soundtrack of Green Day's album 'American Idiot' (as well as a few songs from '21st Century Breakdown'), this show is very moving and thrilling throughout. Racky Plews' choreography is innovative, captivating and unusual, and while this worked for a large majority of the show, I found some scenes slightly mismatched (a sex scene juxtaposed with a war scene? Not sure about that one!). The story is not explicitly told thorough the use of dialogue but is left to the narrative of the actors' movements and the song lyrics, which leaves room for personal interpretation and makes the show all the more effective in my eyes. With a strong performance from Aaron Sidwell in the lead role and an equally impressive one from Amelia Lily as Whatsername, this show packed a powerful punch and has left a powerful impression on me as an audience member.

theetrebug 171cm, 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Hands down one of the best things i've ever seen, the choreography was innovative and so well rehearsed and performed but at the s... More

kellymarshall 6'0, 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Hands down one of the best things i've ever seen, the choreography was innovative and so well rehearsed and performed but at the same time looking natural and complimenting the action in the forefront. The vocals were beautifully done and had the right balance between intense and delicate moments; the actors were all so committed to their roles and delivered some amazing scenes! I love how seamlessly the songs flow into the story, it is the perfect example of how a jukebox can be effective and really work! Amazing!

kellymarshall 6'0, 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

theetrebug 171cm, 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

theetrebug 171cm, 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fabulous show. A bit disconcerting at times. We've all got a little bit of an American Idiot in us!

dawnfinlayson 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Fabulous show. A bit disconcerting at times. We've all got a little bit of an American Idiot in us!

dawnfinlayson 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed the show. Loved the music and the whole production.

eleanorjarvie 5"5, 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed the show. Loved the music and the whole production.

eleanorjarvie 5"5, 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

aex 35 reviews, 2 helpful votes

aex 35 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Really, I did not like it. It didn't surprise me, the actors are good and the music is good too. I did not like the story.

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really, I did not like it. It didn't surprise me, the actors are good and the music is good too. I did not like the story.

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Not really for me, I don't think.

TM89 6' 3", 125 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Not really for me, I don't think.

TM89 6' 3", 125 reviews, 3 helpful votes