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, 5 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

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

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

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

eleanorjarvie 5"5, 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

aex 35 reviews, 3 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 166 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Not really for me, I don't think.

TM89 6' 3", 146 reviews, 3 helpful votes