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    Quite simply a triumph
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    conventional, old-fashioned production
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Mrs Henderson Presents tickets

Mrs Henderson Presents was a quintessentially British celebration of spirit in the face of hardship that arrived in the West End following a critically acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Bath. The musical adaptation of Martin Sherman’s 2005 film with Judi Dench stars Emma Williams and Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett.

Set during World War II, Mrs Henderson Presents follows the exploits of recently widowed Laura Henderson and Vivian Van Damm as they establish a legendary theatre in Soho. Formerly a cinema, Mrs Henderson’s Windmill Theatre becomes a popular venue for variety acts, with a winning formula that is so successful other venues find it irresistible to copy. Determined to be revolutionary and boost morale during the terrors of the war, Laura Henderson battles strict censors to allow women to appear nude on the stage for the first time in the history of London theatre. Staying open during the Blitz, her Windmill Theatre is defiantly joyous and becomes an icon of British resilience.

This musical featured a charming score by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain that is a rousing tribute to the theatre that never closed. Following their successful performances at the Theatre Royal Bath, all three original leading cast members reprised their roles on the West End. Arts Correspondent Award-winner for Best Newcomer, Emma Williams stars as one of the legendary nude performers. Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett takes on the title role that Judi Dench made famous with Ian Bartholomew as her comrade Van Damm.

Performance dates: 17 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2016

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: This musical contains adult content and is not recommended for children.

Special notice: Fans of the 2005 film by Martin Sherman will be enchanted by its adaptation to the stage. Anybody looking for a refreshingly British production in an industry full of international brand musicals will be charmed by Mrs Henderson Presents.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The deep horseshoe shape of the Noel Coward Theatre means that views are often restricted on the end of rows – if you want to have a clear view of Mrs Henderson’s risqué variety shows, be sure to sit in the middle of the rows.

Latest audience reviews

This show had an awe inspiring message throughout of to never give up. I know, a typical theme for musicals... More

RichardBayton Top 200 reviewer31 May 2017

This show had an awe inspiring message throughout of to never give up. I know, a typical theme for musicals but this one cleverly blended it between the realities of World War II and financial stability for the Arts. The costumes and design of the show were amazing and certainly the highlight. The music was fun but nothing I would remember a week after seeing. Definitely worth seeing if it ever returns on tour in the UK!

RichardBayton Top 200 reviewer31 May 2017

I loved this show! Emma Williams was amazing and I really enjoyed the story. A great night out.

YM Top 200 reviewer23 Jul 2017

Nice play, l enjoyed, the actors were good and the set was beautiful.

sergioAraujo Top 100 reviewer21 Jan 2018

Mrs Henderson Presents was a thoroughly enjoyable show. If you know the story, then hats off to the... More

Chen 21 Jun 2017

Mrs Henderson Presents was a thoroughly enjoyable show. If you know the story, then hats off to the female cast, who are incredible brave, but as you can imagine, it was all done in a subtle and stylistic way and was respectful in telling the story. I'd only ever seen Tracie Bennett on TV, but my goodness, what a fantastic all round performer she is. She was the complete star of the show and earned it too. The music was suitable for the story, but it's probably not an album I'd listen to on repeat. The costumes and staging were fantastic, and all in all it was a wonderful show. Definitely worth seeing.

Chen 21 Jun 2017

I found this show so entertaining. The cast was exceptional and I loved the staging, the costumes and... More

fifilou Top 100 reviewer08 Apr 2017

I found this show so entertaining. The cast was exceptional and I loved the staging, the costumes and the set. The music seemed much more familiar than I expected too. Just a really good show!

fifilou Top 100 reviewer08 Apr 2017
Seatfiller Top 200 reviewer11 Jun 2017
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