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Overview

Judy!, the brilliant musical biopic telling the tale of the life of legendary film star Judy Garland has come to the Arts Theatre for a limited run. Having began previews at The Arts Theatre in London’s West End on 16th May 2017, Judy! ran until 17th June 2017.

Originally titled Through The Mill, Judy! is the brilliant creation of acclaimed writer/director Ray Rackham, which originally opened to great acclaim during its debut run in 2015 at the Southwark Playhouse.

Judy Garland is one of the most iconic superstars of stage and screen to have ever lived. After beginning by performing in vaudeville with her two sisters as a child, she was signed to MGM and quickly became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, after taking the lead role in The Wizard of Oz. After making two dozen films with MGM, including nine with Mickey Rooney, she went on to make record-breaking concert performances, a highly popular recording career and even having her own successful TV series.

Despite all the success, Judy Garland had a turbulent personal life following reaching the dizzy heights of child stardom and first went to a psychiatrist at eighteen. Plagued by financial instability, a battle with drugs and alcohol, and being married five times, Garland eventually passed away following a drug overdose in her 40s.

This remarkable life provides the basis of Ray Rackham’s ultimately heart-warming story, showing how Judy managed to survive in a man’s world and become a legendary icon to millions of fans of all ages across the world.

Rackham tells the story using three ages of Judy, including her as a young innocent girl filled with hopes and dreams before her life changing first film performance, then her at the height of her career and in the midst of a passionate romance, finishing with her as an older and wiser woman.

Judy! is an insightful show which questions the perception that the star’s life was filled by self-destructions, and instead that it was heart-break that led to her downfall.

The cast features Helen Sheals (Downton Abbey, Last Tango In Halifax) as Judy, Belinda Wollaston (Mamma Mia, Titanic) as Palace Judy and Lucy Penrose as Young Judy.

The unforgettable score, performer by a live band features many classic Garland standards as well as some lesser known songs, including ‘The Trolley Song’, ‘The Man That Got Away’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’.

Judy! is one of the most exciting shows at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End this year, with performances having began on the 16th May 2017 and set to run until 17th June 2017. This is a show not to be missed by fans of the megastar!

Recommended for

Judy! is perfect for fans of Judy Garland and the music of her era, featuring a range of unforgettable songs. Perfect for those who like and interesting and poignant underground musical, Ray Rackham is known for his brilliant productions.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for under 14s

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 16 May 2017
Press night: 18 May 2017
Booking from: 16 Jun 2017
Booking until: 17 Jun 2017

Location and map

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

13 Reviews Add review

An excellent show. Three actresses play Judy Garland at various times of her life; from a young girl full of talent and dreams, t... More

Showgal 5"6", 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An excellent show. Three actresses play Judy Garland at various times of her life; from a young girl full of talent and dreams, through to Dorothy and the theatre and movie legend she later became. The three Judy's portray the star as a sometimes difficult, sometimes lovable and caring person, but also as someone who kept a keen sense of humour throughout her well documented troubled life. There are often two, and sometimes three, Judy's on stage at the same time as an older Judy reminisces about her younger self. This concept works very well indeed. At times the show is deeply sad but it is not depressing in any way and you leave the theatre uplifted. The three Judy's give outstanding performances (especially Helen Sheals as the older Judy; her voice, speech patterns and mannerisms are perfect) and there are many of the well known Judy Garland songs brilliantly performed to keep most people happy. I can't wait to see it again.

Showgal 5"6", 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A brilliant show celebrating the life of Judy Garland and has three gifted actresses portraying her at different stages of her car... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A brilliant show celebrating the life of Judy Garland and has three gifted actresses portraying her at different stages of her career. Judy's music is brought to life by these three talented actresses who all manage to capture Judy's magical singing style with great aplomb and also have the support of a wonderful supporting cast.

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Absolutely wonderful show about Judy Garland with the perfect cast, crew and set and Miss Garland's music is peppered throughout. ... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Absolutely wonderful show about Judy Garland with the perfect cast, crew and set and Miss Garland's music is peppered throughout. The three actresses who portray Judy in different stages of her life are outstanding and all deserve the standing ovations they receive at the end of the show. So wonderful that I saw this show 5 times!

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Absolutely wonderful show about Judy Garland with the perfect cast, crew and set and Miss Garland's music is peppered throughout. ... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Absolutely wonderful show about Judy Garland with the perfect cast, crew and set and Miss Garland's music is peppered throughout. The three actresses who portray Judy in different stages of her life are outstanding and all deserve the standing ovations they receive at the end of the show.

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Absolutely wonderful show about Judy Garland with the perfect cast, crew and set and Miss Garland's music is peppered throughout. ... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Absolutely wonderful show about Judy Garland with the perfect cast, crew and set and Miss Garland's music is peppered throughout. The three actresses who portray Judy in different stages of her life are outstanding and all deserve the standing ovations they receive at the end of the show.

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Unbelievable show. All the actresses who played Judy were impeccable.You felt like you were watching Judy Garland in the flesh, it... More

alishac1010 5ft 8, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Unbelievable show. All the actresses who played Judy were impeccable.You felt like you were watching Judy Garland in the flesh, it was strange but incredible. Deserves a longer run.

alishac1010 5ft 8, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was sensational! Really emotional but with plenty of jokes as well! The 3 judy's are superstars!! A well deserved standi... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show was sensational! Really emotional but with plenty of jokes as well! The 3 judy's are superstars!! A well deserved standing ovation from the audience including myself x

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Unbelievable show. All the actresses who played Judy were impeccable.You felt like you were watching Judy Garland in the flesh, it... More

alishac1010 5ft 8, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Unbelievable show. All the actresses who played Judy were impeccable.You felt like you were watching Judy Garland in the flesh, it was strange but incredible. Deserves a longer run. It's a true tribute to Judy Garland. Incredible.

alishac1010 5ft 8, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A fabulous show depicting three different ages of Judy Garland played by three different actors. It was cleverly done and showed h... More

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A fabulous show depicting three different ages of Judy Garland played by three different actors. It was cleverly done and showed her as a young girl, in the height of her career and towards the end of her career. Fantastic performances from all three Judy's and the music was fantastic. Really glad I managed to catch this while it was on.

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes