I Can't Sing the X Factor Musical at London Palladium tickets
I Can't Sing the X Factor Musical at London Palladium tickets

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Overview

BAFTA-winning comedian Harry Hill pens an entirely new musical based on the nation’s favourite television programme The X Factor. Delving into the talent show’s bonkers backstage trysts and leaping behind the judge’s desks, I Can’t Sing! is an innovative musical comedy which is set to premiere at the London Palladium.

Directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote, The Ladykillers, Jeeves & Wooster), I Can’t Sing! follows Chenice, who is the only girl in the world to never have heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into the audition queue, along with her dog Barlow, she embarks on a journey of love, heartache and fame. Along the way she meets several competitive contestants with varying degrees of ability, the infamous, insane judges and Max, a handsome young ukulele player and part-time plumber. I Can’t Sing! is an irreverent and mischievous night out, which reveals why audiences flock to watch the singing spectacular.

WhatsOnStage Award-winner Nigel Harman stars as supremo Simon Cowell, alongside Cynthia Erivo, as the charming Chenice. Harman is best-known for his stints in EastEnders and Downton Abbey, but has since moved to wow West End audiences. His extensive theatre credits include Shrek the Musical, A Chorus of Disapproval, Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia! and Tommy. Erivo has received rave reviews for her performance in The Color Purple, and has also appeared in the UK tour of Sister Act the Musical. The pair are joined by Ashley Knight (Ghost the Musical) as Louis, Victoria Elliot as Jordy, Simon Bailey as Liam O’Deary, Alan Morrissey as Max, Simon Lipkin (Avenue Q, Rock of Ages) as Barlow and Joe Speare as Grandad. Further cast members include Katy Secombe, Charlie Baker, Shaun Smith and Rowen Hawkins.

I Can’t Sing! features 19 new songs by award-winning composer Steve Brown, with choreography by Katie Prince and set design by Es Devlin. Songs include “If That’s Not Entertainment”, “Please Simon”, “I Can’t Sing”, “X-Factor Fever”, “Falling in Love with Myself” and “X-Tasy”, amongst many others. A night of outrageous entertainment, I Can’t Sing! is a silly, spectacular and song-filled sensation, packing plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

Recommended for

Fans of The X-Factor will recognise the judges as well as past contestants in this very funny musical. Due to the length of the show, it may not be suitable for young children.

Age Recommendations: recommended for children 7+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval
Opened: 27 Feb 2014
Press night: 26 Mar 2014
Booking from: 27 Feb 2014
Booking until: 10 May 2014

Location and map

London Palladium
Argyll Street
London, W1F 7TF

15 Reviews Add review

I Can't Sing was a unique, different, and new musical that was brought to the West End, although the story was very weird it takes... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I Can't Sing was a unique, different, and new musical that was brought to the West End, although the story was very weird it takes the mick out of everything that is our Saturday night now with the X Factor and how much the public idolise something that shows on the TV. Either way it was a great night out, and closed way before its time. I still believe if it was in a small theatre it would have lasted longer than that what it did of the Palladium. Bit off more than it could chew. Who knows when it will rise again and if! http://www.rosereview.co.uk/?p=4

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A Talking dog, rapping hunchback, singing Simon Cowell and penned by Harry Hill bring together a hilarious spectacle that shouldn'... More

jamiestoneham 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A Talking dog, rapping hunchback, singing Simon Cowell and penned by Harry Hill bring together a hilarious spectacle that shouldn't have been missed, I Can't Sing tells the story of Chenice and her dream of becoming a singer, coming across an array of side splitting X factor hopefuls along the way. A wonderful original musical spectacular for all the family and music that you'll be humming all the way home and one of the best comedy musicals in years, 'If that's not entertainment I don't know what is?'

jamiestoneham 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely loved this show, still sing the song now! Had a great twist at the end as well, shame it didn't last too long otherwise... More

deltasbutterfly 5"4", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Absolutely loved this show, still sing the song now! Had a great twist at the end as well, shame it didn't last too long otherwise would definitely have gone again!

deltasbutterfly 5"4", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The show had a lot of potential but overall, it was asking its audience to emotionally care for stereotype characters in completel... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The show had a lot of potential but overall, it was asking its audience to emotionally care for stereotype characters in completely bonkers situations. The show would have worked doing UK tours for a few years to build up a fanbase before then tackling the giant that is the London Palladium! The set and techincal aspects of the show were very impressive and two songs stood out - 'I Can't Sing' and 'Please, Simon' but other than that, the show is easily forgettable.

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

nicolepeto1 5"6, 57 reviews, 0 helpful votes

nicolepeto1 5"6, 57 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing show!

taylorfarrow 164cm, 63 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing show!

taylorfarrow 164cm, 63 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb show

james1 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Superb show

james1 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Funny but no depth. Cynthia Erivo note at the end of I Can't Sing is the highlight of the whole musical. The guy who plays Derm... More

woodkendi 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Funny but no depth. Cynthia Erivo note at the end of I Can't Sing is the highlight of the whole musical. The guy who plays Dermot is amazing with the mannerisms.

woodkendi 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

ShaunNolan 5"8(ish), 86 reviews, 12 helpful votes

ShaunNolan 5"8(ish), 86 reviews, 12 helpful votes