Chicago at Phoenix Theatre tickets
Chicago at Phoenix Theatre tickets

Chicago tickets from £20.00

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Overview

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 Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr as Billy Flynn, alongside theatre legend Ruthie Henshall (Billy Elliot, She Loves Me) as Mama Morton, Josefina Gabrielle (The Witches of Eastwick) as Velma Kelly and Sarah Soetaert and Paul Rider, who reprise their roles as Roxie and Amos Hart respectively.

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 26th March to October 6th 2018.

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: Suitable for 13+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 26 Mar 2018
Booking from: 24 Jun 2018
Booking until: 06 Oct 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Monday 25 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Tuesday 26 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 27 Jun 20182:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 28 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Friday 29 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 30 Jun 20182:30pm7:30pm
Monday 02 Jul 2018--7:30pm

Location and map

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JG

52 Reviews Add review

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. ... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 52 reviews, 4 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 felt this was not the right part to showcase his talents. Loved Ruthie Henshall's take on Mama Morton, never really thought of this character as having a sexy angle but Ruthie pulls it off with pizzazz. The rest of the cast were amazing as is this show which I have seen 4 times now. Chicago is a real classic. I'm glad that the set, dance routines and songs stay the same. Apart from Cuba, five stars all round.

tapwhizz 168cm, 52 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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

luked297 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Incredible band. Incredible ensemble. Sarah was hilarious and perfect in the role of Roxie. Josefina, Ruthie and Paul were also really fantastic - amazing voices all round and dancing was phenomenal. BUT unfortunately the show was a little let down by Cuba Gooding Jr as Billy Flynn who basically just played himself on stage and really struggled with the singing (which is kind of important in a musical). If you are looking for a big glitzy West End show with hundreds of costumes and an impressive, showy set - then this isn't the show for you. If you are looking for an intimate musical with an (almost) all-round phenomenal cast, exceptional dancing and an amazing band, with a team so talented that they can afford to strip-back the set and costumes and don't require any of the gimmicks of your classic west end show, then go and see Chicago - now! You won't be disappointed!

luked297 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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

susannahrosemn 5"3, 140 reviews, 4 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 for a brand new audience? Very disappointed with the lacklustre staging, out-of-date fosse choreography and average vocals. Sarah Soetart was simply marvellous however, but Ruthie Henshall was underused (she should have been Velma) and Cuba Gooding Jr was just an outright error. Paul Rider completely stole the show for me - the only one who was properly good. Such a shame.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 140 reviews, 4 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 r... More

aredhelalcarin 39 reviews, 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 this musical has got so far. It's true that I did not enjoy the film, however, the musical is different. It's also true that it's not one of the best musicals I've seen in my life but it's average. Nice soundtrack and good choreography. One can feel the lack of strength in the performances though.

aredhelalcarin 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Being a big Chicago fan this was great but not my favourite version. I thought Ruthie Henshall’s vocals were incredible and to me ... More

karenstratton 5'4", 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Being a big Chicago fan this was great but not my favourite version. I thought Ruthie Henshall’s vocals were incredible and to me she still could have played Velma. However it was thoroughly enjoyable, great dancing my daughter has only seen the film so really enjoyed seeing it live! Really enjoyed Paul Rider’s Mr Cellophane and the band were amazing. Most of the audience sat and saw them play out, they were so enthusiastic we couldn’t leave them!

karenstratton 5'4", 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed this show!! Acting was very good, although I wasn't a huge fan of Cuba Gooding Jr (Billy Flynn). He held back on th... More

daniellewright 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed this show!! Acting was very good, although I wasn't a huge fan of Cuba Gooding Jr (Billy Flynn). He held back on the singing, maybe he had lost his voice or was feeling under the weather. Although not the end of the world, I was a little disappointed that there was only one person of colour in the entire cast and band.

daniellewright 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Saw this show years ago and still just as good.

robfitt 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Saw this show years ago and still just as good.

robfitt 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the show and the band were very good, nice to see them on stage rather than hidden away like most West End shows.

erinoneill 5"11, 29 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the show and the band were very good, nice to see them on stage rather than hidden away like most West End shows.

erinoneill 5"11, 29 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved this, I have been waiting to see this for ages and it was so good!

emilyfoster1 5"9, 34 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved this, I have been waiting to see this for ages and it was so good!

emilyfoster1 5"9, 34 reviews, 0 helpful votes