Big Fish at The Other Palace tickets
Big Fish at The Other Palace tickets

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Overview

The Broadway hit musical Big Fish swims its way across the Atlantic and into the West End this November. Celebrated writer John August, original screenwriter on Tim Burton’s adaptation, returns to transform the fantastical tale for the stage. The musical stars titan of the small screen Kelsey Grammer, who makes his London stage debut as Edward Bloom.

Big Fish tells the story of Will and his larger than life father Edward Bloom, a man brimming with a thousand strange, surreal and enchanting tales. With Edward on his deathbed, his son finally begins to unknit the intertwining strands of stories woven throughout his father’s past.

In his last days Edward and Will embark on a meandering and heart-warming odyssey through a plethora of tall tales, filled with beauty, love and imagination.

Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Award-winner Kelsey Grammer is best known for his character Dr Frasier in the US sitcom Cheers, and its Emmy Award-winning spin-off series Frasier. Grammer made his Broadway musical debut in 2010 playing nightclub owner Georges in La Cage aux Folles for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor.

Award-winning actress Clare Burt stars opposite Grammer as Sandra Bloom, with previous credits including Flowers for Mrs Harris and London Road.

Matthew Seadon-Young (Beautiful, Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd) plays Will Bloom, whilst Jamie Muscato (Lazarus, Dogfight) portrays the young Edward Bloom.

All three perform alongside an incredible ensemble, including Frances McNamee (Little Shop of Horrors), Forbes Masson (Travesties), Laura Baldwin (Shrek), Landi Oshinowo (Sister Act), Dean Nolan (Fiddler on the Roof), George Ure (Sweeney Todd), Sophie Linder-Lee (The Rocky Horror Show), Gemma McMeel (Titanic) and Jonathan Stewart (Guys and Dolls).

Taking inspiration from both Daniel Wallace’s original novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions and the Tim Burton directed film which he himself penned, John August returned to adapt this beautiful story for stage.

The musical features a score by the Tony Award-nominated American composer Andrew Lippa whose credits include orchestrations for the 1999 Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and writing credits on Wild Party.

This beautifully, strange and stunningly unique tale arrives at The Other Palace for a limited Christmas run from 1st November to 31th December 2017.

Recommended for

This sensational adaptation will serve as a delightful seasonal treat for fans of Tim Burton’s classic film. Plus, followers of Grammer’s award-winning body of work shouldn’t not miss the chance to catch his exciting West End musical debut.

Age Recommendations: 5+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 01 Nov 2017
Booking from: 30 Dec 2017
Booking until: 31 Dec 2017

Location and map

The Other Palace
12 Palace Street
London, SW1E 5JA

48 Reviews Add review

John August (book), and Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics) combined has written one of the most moving, beautiful, and magical produc... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

John August (book), and Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics) combined has written one of the most moving, beautiful, and magical productions I have ever seen in musical theatre. With the excellent direction From Nigel Harman, they have given life to a masterpiece. It has its audience laughing throughout, falling in love with the stories as much as Edward loves telling them. From the very beginning you feel so involved with the story and at times, literally! The performance, along with the music draw the audience in, that without towards the finale, there are no dry eyes in sight! I came away from this production somewhat happy and emotional, but in such an amazing way! This musical is something that everyone can relate to, as we have all come to experience the sadness when we loose and watch a love one pass. This musical portrays a reflection on this, in such a strong magical way that enables its audience to remember their loved ones - it especially did for me. http://www.rosereview.co.uk/?p=1316

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I loved this show. It is a heart warming story of the relationship between a son and his dad seen through the life of the dad as h... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 141 reviews, 9 helpful votes

I loved this show. It is a heart warming story of the relationship between a son and his dad seen through the life of the dad as he approaches the end of his life. The cast is phenomenal. I loved the music (and rushed home to buy it afterwards). For me, one of the highlights was the set and costume design. The colours worked beautifully. There were some simple but magical creative moments in the show which I won’t give spoilers to here but were incredibly clever and made me gasp at the creativity and the impact they had on the show. Usually I hate back projection as I prefer traditional back drops but this it really works for this show because it is used to enhance the scenes rather then set them. I hope it this show gets a transfer as I would definitely like to see it again.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 141 reviews, 9 helpful votes

This is a stunningly creative show with a perfect blend of wry humour and pathos. There were very few dry eyes at the finale, with... More

ianwarde 5"5, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is a stunningly creative show with a perfect blend of wry humour and pathos. There were very few dry eyes at the finale, with many sobs audible. I like to think of myself as being quite staunch, but this show hit me right in the feels! Performances were all very strong, with Kelsey Grammer heading up a sterling cast. The use of screens and projections really brought this story (within a story, within a story) to life beautifully. If you get the chance to see this show before the run ends, definitely do! It's a winter warmer.

ianwarde 5"5, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Before seeing this show one word of warning - take tissues. I won't spoil the premise of the show but what I will say that you wil... More

M4RKJONES 5'6, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Before seeing this show one word of warning - take tissues. I won't spoil the premise of the show but what I will say that you will come out of this show with a new outlook on life. This show is not to be missed and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In a small intimate venue this show was performed brilliant by incredibly talented cast members. I loved the music, story and the clever use of projection. Make sure you catch it on its short run. Not to be missed.

M4RKJONES 5'6, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful show that is supported by a 5 star cast and crew. Although Kelsey Grammer is the celebrity name every other actor is als... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Wonderful show that is supported by a 5 star cast and crew. Although Kelsey Grammer is the celebrity name every other actor is also superb. A musical that has many memorable songs and a story about a father/son relationship that everyone can relate to. Moments of full on joy and then others of sadness but ultimately uplifting. The orchestra and actors are well balanced so you can hear the songs clearly. Well worth a second visit.

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

taylorfarrow 164cm, 63 reviews, 0 helpful votes

taylorfarrow 164cm, 63 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show had me in tears. Exceptionally well cast, and amazing music. Really hoping this will transfer or get a second life at Th... More

musicalseats 162 cm, 149 reviews, 30 helpful votes

This show had me in tears. Exceptionally well cast, and amazing music. Really hoping this will transfer or get a second life at The Other Palace.

musicalseats 162 cm, 149 reviews, 30 helpful votes

I hadn't read the book or seen the film previously so was going in particularly blind - the only think I had been told was that it... More

jamesatwill 178, 85 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I hadn't read the book or seen the film previously so was going in particularly blind - the only think I had been told was that it would probably be a good idea to take tissues in with me. I really enjoyed it - the music did stand out as particularly special (I don't think I could hum any of the tunes now if you asked me to), but I thought the staging was very clever and found it really emotional (I was definitely glad I took the advice of taking tissues!). The cast were all outstanding - Kelsey Grammer hasn't got the best singing voice, but boy can he act.

jamesatwill 178, 85 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Heartwarming and sentimental, had me (and my daughter) blubbering away for quite some time afterwards. Always the sign that I've e... More

tracyclayton 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Heartwarming and sentimental, had me (and my daughter) blubbering away for quite some time afterwards. Always the sign that I've emotionally connected with a show...

tracyclayton 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes