I Loved Lucy at Arts Theatre tickets
I Loved Lucy at Arts Theatre tickets

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About the show

Lee Tanner’s beautiful and hilarious play I Loved Lucy comes to the Arts Theatre in London’s West End, for a limited run from 19th July 2017 to 2nd September 2017.

I Loved Lucy is the intimate story of one of the world’s most legendary comedic entertainers, whose celebrity face is all too well known. But do you really know what she was like? And how she chose to live during her latter years, out of the spotlight?

Lee Tannen’s touching and witty play, is based on his own acclaimed memoir of who the true Lucy really was and what is was like being her friend, right until the end.

With most people who have documented Lucille Ball’s life having never met her, purely relying on the accounts of others to fill in the blanks, Lee Tannen solely relied on Lucille’s own words. This he uses to paint a beautiful rich and touching portrait, that adds a lot of depth to what you may think you know about the fabled movie star.

Having first met Lucille Ball as a child, Lee Tannen cemented their intimate and enduring friendship during adulthood. Towards the end of her life, Lucy spent nearly ten years out of the spotlight, and often around a backgammon table.

During this time, Lee became Lucille’s closest confidante, spending time in her Palm Springs and Beverly Hills homes, travelling around with her and even taking her home to his own turf in New York City.

Following two sold-out runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2016, the play received a range of dazzling reviews. Sandra Dickinson is set to return in the lead role of Lucy, while Broadway star Matthew Scott (An American in Paris) makes his West End debut as Lee.

A welcome return for a much loved off-West End show, I Loved Lucy is set to open at the Arts Theatre on 19th July 2017, for a limited run until 2nd September 2017.

Recommended for

Perfect for anyone who loves touching and funny theatre, I Loved Lucy is a fantastic chance to enjoy a show that sold out its last two London runs and left many missing out. Hot on the heels of the Arts Theatre’s production of Judy!, it is another opportunity to remember one of the greatest Hollywood figures of the 20th century.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including interval)
Opened: 19 Jul 2017
Press night: 24 Jul 2017
Booking from: 01 Sep 2017
Booking until: 02 Sep 2017

Location and map

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London, WC2H 7JB

15 Reviews Add review

Fantastic show, I loved it it was very interesting to watch.

Joe3062 5”8, 57 reviews, 28 helpful votes

What a marvellous show! I really enjoyed this. I work in comedy and have a huge interest in vintage comedy so have been aware of Lucille... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

‘I Loved Lucy’ was a thoroughly enjoyable show. It focuses on the last 10 years of Lucille Ball’s life and Sandra Dickinson was an... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

I think like many British people of a certain age I know Lucy but lack of constant re-runs in the UK means I don’t love her. I do know... More

braintree 155cm, 62 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Excellent production. Good acting. Would recommend. Even though I was not a Lucy fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the show.

pumpkin08 5' 1", 88 reviews, 0 helpful votes

AllThingsStagey 5 ' 4, 355 reviews, 9 helpful votes

AllThingsStagey 5 ' 4, 355 reviews, 9 helpful votes

dali21 102 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I Loved Lucy was enjoyable, though I didn't feel I learned anything about Lucille Ball and it seems a little self-indulgent of the... More

doonakebab 5'10", 189 reviews, 4 helpful votes