Close To You at Criterion Theatre tickets
Close To You at Criterion Theatre tickets

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About the show

Close to You is the brainchild of Kyle Raibko, whose prodigious musical talent is showcased in this reimagining of Burt Bacharach’s legendary back catalogue. Around 30 of Bacharach’s classic songs are mashed-up, re-arranged and revolutionised over the course of this intimate concert show.
This critically acclaimed hit had its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the Criterion Theatre in October 2015. Riabko is joined on stage by a company of talented musicians and singers who take us through the agony and ecstasy of the world’s best known pop songs including ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, ‘The Look of Love’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ and ‘What’s New Pussycat’. Based in a sofa-filled loft with a music lounge atmosphere, the songs don’t follow a narrative but rather follow on from each other as if the group are just getting together for the fun of making great music.
The songs and characters are tied together with the agile choreography of Steven Hoggett’s direction. A founding member of the legendary physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, his most successful work includes The Light Princess (National Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (West End) and Once (West End, Broadway).
Kyle Raibko’s score brings freshness to Bacharach’s work and offers it to a new generation of musical theatre-goers. He began his career touring with Delta Goodrem, John Mayer and Jason Mraz before landing leading roles in Spring Awakening and Hair.

Recommended for

Fans of music from this era, including Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield, will love Raibko’s wistful treatments of Bacharach’s music. Not to forget younger theatre-goers, the music is timeless and Hoggett’s movement adds a bit of showmanship to the concert set-up.

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Opened: 03 Oct 2015
Press night: 14 Feb 2016
Booking from: 14 Feb 2016
Booking until: 14 Feb 2016

Location and map

Criterion Theatre
218-223 Piccadilly
London, W1V 9LB

18 Reviews Add review

The show isn't a traditional music in the sense that it doesn't follow a storyline or narrative, however, it was incredibly enjoyable.... More

Chen 5"6, 40 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this show. I went into this wanting to be surprised and I was. Not only by the amazing talent but by the number of... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

The performance was brilliant.

harshavyas 5"3, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

thenewpsies 5"8, 55 reviews, 1 helpful vote

samshonk 5"7, 287 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Seatfiller 6"1, 149 reviews, 1 helpful vote

It was not a musical, it was show. I really liked the singers and of course the songs.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes

rukayacesar 5"7, 299 reviews, 53 helpful votes

I really liked this show. The musical arrangement is amazing and the performers incredible. The staging is so very clever. It's a... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 199 reviews, 11 helpful votes