Chicago at Phoenix Theatre tickets
Chicago at Phoenix Theatre tickets

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After a five-year absence from the West End stage, Broadway's beloved, multi-award winning musical, Chicago returns to London, playing at the Phoenix Theatre. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the major musical first opened on Broadway in 1996, before transferring to the West End shortly after, and subsequently entertaining audiences all around the world.

When Chicago first opened in London it ran for 15 years, cementing it's place as the longest ever West End revival. First opening at the Adelphi Theatre in November 1997, it became one of the hottest tickets in town after receiving the Olivier Award and Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and later transferred to the Cambridge Theatre and then onto the Garrick Theatre.

Chicago features music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ferd Ebb and Bob Fosse. The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name, set in prohibition era Chicago during the roaring twenties, which documents the real life crimes experienced by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins.

The musical tells the story of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl sent to prison for the murder of her lover, who meets celebrity starlet and criminal Velma Kelly as well as the charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn. Obsessed with fame, she attempts to rise to stardom while getting away with murder. Chicago was brought to international acclaim due to its release as a 2002 film, featuring the all-star cast of Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.

Casting for the 2018 West End show includes Todrick Hall (American idol, RuPaul's Drag Race) as Billy Flynn, alongside theatre legend Mazz Murray as Mama Morton, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly and theatre's Alexandra Burke (The Bodyguard, Chess) as Roxie Hart, with Paul Rider who reprises his role as Amos Hart. From 10 December 2018 until the show closes, Caroline Flack will play the role of Roxie Hart.

Further casting includes Alan Richardson as Mary Sunshine, Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth, Nicola Coates, Frances Dee, Zoe Gappy, Emma Harris, Chelsea Labadini, Joanna Rennie, Abramo Ciullo, Francis Foreman, Luke Jarvis, Matt Krzan, Charles Ruhrmund, Todd Talbot, Callum Macdonald, Chris Warner Drake and Matthew Wesley.

With red-hot choreography by legendary Bob Fosse and a sizzling score featuring the classing songs “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango” and “All That Jazz”, Chicago is so good it should be illegal. Set to be one of the most excited openings of 2018, Chicago plays at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End from 26 March 2018 to 5 January 2019.

Recommended for

Chicago truly is a must see for any fans of the film adaptation who have never got a chance to experience it on the London stage, or those who saw it before but just cannot wait to go again. As one of the world’s best loved shows, it is perfect for anyone who loves big theatrical numbers and expert choreography.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 13+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 26 Mar 2018
Booking from: 05 Jan 2019
Booking until: 05 Jan 2019

Location and map

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JG

237 Reviews Add review

I enjoyed Chicago very much but I couldn't honestly say I loved it. I'd seen it many years ago and greatly preferred the stage show... More

Showgal 5"6", 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Incredible band. Incredible ensemble. Sarah was hilarious and perfect in the role of Roxie. Josefina, Ruthie and Paul were also really... More

luked297 5"9.5, 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

So Cuba Gooding Jr was okay as Billy Flynn but as he can't sing to save his life I felt this put a bit of a dampener on the show. I... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 59 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The show seemed very “school production” to me; very much (for some of the numbers) stand and sing. Some songs, like 'When You're Good... More

cloeblock 5"6, 36 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I have seen this show twice now, once on tour and now in the West End. Unfortunately this show has not changed in any aspect, some... More

christierney777 5"9, 186 reviews, 2 helpful votes

What a wasted opportunity. Why re-do the original production move for move, when you could have revamped, rejigged and jazzed-up Chicago... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I have seen this show 5 times over the years with varying casts. Whilst I was looking forward to Martin Kemp, he wasn't my favourite... More

mssmittenkitten 5'10, 94 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Great, so much fun. Got better as it went on. Some of the casting was questionable. Josefina Gabrielle was the highlight, she really... More

lanawebster 5"4', 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I had the opportunity to see Chicago yesterday and I must admit that I was quite impressed with the result despite all the mixed reviews... More

aredhelalcarin 59 reviews, 3 helpful votes