Groundhog Day at Old Vic Theatre tickets
Groundhog Day at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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Overview

Creators of Matilda the Musical collaborated once more to bring cult classic comedy Groundhog Day from screen to stage. Composer Tim Minchin and prolific director Matthew Warchus teamed up with writer Danny Rubin to present an entirely original musical adaptation of Groundhog Day to London’s Old Vic Theatre before it begins a Broadway run.

Based on the 1993 film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day follows the story of Phil Connors, a disgruntled weatherman that treats his fellow workers with disdain. After being sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event for the third time alongside co-workers Rita and Larry, Phil realises he has had enough of his job and attempts to leave, but is disrupted by a mysterious snowstorm and forced to stay in Pennsylvania for another night. When he wakes up, Phil finds himself repeating the past 24 hours again and again on a terrifying cycle which he can only escape from if he learns from his mistakes…

Groundhog Day starred famous Broadway actor Andy Karl in the title role, who had previously starred opposite Kristin Chenoweth in On the Twentieth Century. In 2014, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Rocky in the new stage adaptation. Karl is also well-known for his numerous Broadway roles, including being part of the original casts of Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde and 9 to 5: The Musical.

With a book by Danny Rubin, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and direction by the Old Vic’s Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day was packed full of plenty of laughs and memorable music. Further Matilda collaborators featured in the creative team, with choreography by the prolific Peter Darling, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Simon Baker and design by Rob Howell. With show having began on July 11th and with Groundhog Day having had a spectacular opening night on August 16th, this new musical proved to be one of 2016's best new shows!

Recommended for

Fans of the original 1993 film will delight in this new stage-to-screen adaptation, which will be packed full of laughs. This production may not be suitable for very young children.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for ages 13+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 11 Jul 2016
Press night: 16 Aug 2016
Booking from: 07 Sep 2016
Booking until: 07 Sep 2016

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

127 Reviews Add review

Wow wow wow! What can I say! I see loads of shows of all types and contents and this was superb! OK its not deep and meaningful (B... More

paulfootie 6'3", 88 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Wow wow wow! What can I say! I see loads of shows of all types and contents and this was superb! OK its not deep and meaningful (Beckett) or socially commenting (anything!) but it's a fantastic story that is brought to life on the stage. The performers are fantastic and the leads are brilliant! What made it for me was the superb staging of the show - three revolving areas that makes the actors revolve or have to walk and sing to stay centre stage and some amazing effects where things move from front to back via sides using the revolving stage! An excellent set used to its full! There is a fantastic piece where there characters try to leave the town in the Van - its a marvellous piece of staging (mixing live action, puppetry and lights!) A must see. I have seen Malted and the stage craft here is very similar but still amazing - one of the most breath taking pieces of staging I have seen! The songs are fantastic and although rude at times (seen the film?) they are well sung and at the right times - one audience remember I overheard said "...the fact that things are repeated over and over [the idea behind Groundhog] suits my simple mind!' Loved it!!

paulfootie 6'3", 88 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Groundhog Day is probably the best new musical to come to London in a long time. Fans of the original film shouldn’t be disappoint... More

shaun 5"10, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Groundhog Day is probably the best new musical to come to London in a long time. Fans of the original film shouldn’t be disappointed, the brilliant story and comedy work perfectly with a Tim Minchin-esque twist, and the songs are both beautiful and hilarious. Andy Karl and Carlyss Peer are both fantastic in the lead roles. They don’t try and distance themselves from the Bill Murray and Andie McDowell originals, but still are brilliant and funny enough that they feel like unique and interesting characters. The design and staging wonderfully takes you into the madcap world of Groundhog Day, where a slow and dragging day can soon become hundreds of repeated and altered moments in time. What’s not to love?

shaun 5"10, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Simply put, Groundhog Day is one of the best productions I have seen in a long time. Tim Minchin, Peter Darling, Matthew Warchus a... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Simply put, Groundhog Day is one of the best productions I have seen in a long time. Tim Minchin, Peter Darling, Matthew Warchus and Rob Howell prove themselves to be musical masterminds once again; a team that is a force to be reckoned with. Minchin's music is jaw-droppingly good, with searing lyrics and beautiful melodies that range from rock 'n' roll, to bluegrass and even to full-on tap routines. Howell's set was a real stand-out for me, with extremely original inventions and innovative ways of portraying the action - it's a very surprising set which does the show a great amount of justice. Andy Karl is a complete revelation, being both fantastically funny and unbearably droll. Groundhog Day the Musical is amazing and I could rave about it all day! It's a production that I would return to again and again and again...

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

If I could give this show a million stars I would!! Honestly one of the best shows I have seen in my lifetime!! This was my 2nd vi... More

mandygasson 5"5, 46 reviews, 0 helpful votes

If I could give this show a million stars I would!! Honestly one of the best shows I have seen in my lifetime!! This was my 2nd viewing, and I feel blessed to know that I am seeing it fora third time at the end of the month! The story transfers perfectly from the original film. The music is sublime (what else would I expect from the genius that is Tim Minchin!) the acting is fantastic, the choreography is stunning and the staging is beautiful to witness! I laughed, I cried and my heart swelled with joy by the end. Never have I seen a standing ovation like it at the end! If this show does not transfer for a LONG West End run after it has gone over to Broadway, then it will be a massive loss to the theatre world!!! A true modern masterpiece!!!!!!

mandygasson 5"5, 46 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed this show. Tim Minchin delivered some great songs although not as many show stoppers as Matilda. The story is full... More

mikeharps 6 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Really enjoyed this show. Tim Minchin delivered some great songs although not as many show stoppers as Matilda. The story is full of humour, emotion and ultimately heart warming redemption for the cynical lead character. The cast worked really hard to bring the concept of the repeated day to life, particularly the lead, Andy Karl, who did some very rapid costume changes as he started each new day from bed. The scene changes were clever with a great use of revolving stages and some very funny low tech effects - a miniature news van and a bird's eye view of car chase around the streets of Punxsutawney to name a couple. Highly recommended.

mikeharps 6 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Prior to seeing the show, I was very interested in seeing how the film would be adapted into a musical production and I wasn't lef... More

dhaliwala 5"3, 104 reviews, 11 helpful votes

Prior to seeing the show, I was very interested in seeing how the film would be adapted into a musical production and I wasn't left disappointed. The staging is brilliant, particularly the use of lights and toy cars during the police chase. It is clearly visible a lot of thought has gone into producing the show. The actors are excellent and portray their parts very well. This is a production well worth watching regardless of whether you have watched the film itself.

dhaliwala 5"3, 104 reviews, 11 helpful votes

What a sublime new show! With the same creative team behind 'Matilda', I always expected this show to bring quality, but I was not... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

What a sublime new show! With the same creative team behind 'Matilda', I always expected this show to bring quality, but I was not prepared for just how much! The story has an inspiring blend of humour and genuine heart. The music by Tim Minchin is just brilliant as always, and shapes the show perfectly. The set and stagecraft is stunning, with such a clever use of stage 'magic' at times. And the band created a magnificent huge sound. I have no doubt that after this limited run, this show is going to go on to be a long-laster!

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

This was my second viewing of Groundhog Day (I queued up at the box office from the crack of dawn to get Day Seats - well worth th... More

jamesatwill 178, 99 reviews, 5 helpful votes

This was my second viewing of Groundhog Day (I queued up at the box office from the crack of dawn to get Day Seats - well worth the wait! Got a premium stalls ticket for less than a third of the price it should have been) and it was even better on the second viewing. I could see this show again and again, it's absolutely phenomenal.

jamesatwill 178, 99 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Delightful show with fun & occasionally stirring music from Tim Minchin. The exposition at the very beginning is a bit slow, but n... More

YankInLondon 5'5", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Delightful show with fun & occasionally stirring music from Tim Minchin. The exposition at the very beginning is a bit slow, but necessary to set up the conceit of the plot. It is fascinating from a technical standpoint to watch how they achieve the repetition of the same day- there are some bits of proper stage magic that are quite impressive. All in all, a fun night out at the theatre. (Bonus: The delicious Andy Karl spends much of the show in boxers & recites French poetry- that definitely won't hurt ticket sales!)

YankInLondon 5'5", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote