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Terry Johnson directs Mrs Henderson Presents, the musical based on the beloved 2005 film of the same name starring Judi Dench. Following the exploits of Laura Henderson and her hand in the creation of one of the most iconic theatres in London, this welcome addition to the West End previously enjoyed a critically acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Bath.

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.

Sorry this show closed 18 June 2016, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
17 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2016
Running time:
2 hours and 35 minutes including an interval.
Noel Coward Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
This musical contains adult content and is not recommended for children.
Audience Notes:
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.

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

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    RichardBayton 31 May 2017

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

    YM's avatar
    YM Top 200 reviewer 23 Jul 2017

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

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    sergioAraujo Top 200 reviewer 21 Jan 2018

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

    Chen's avatar
    Chen 21 Jun 2017

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

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    fifilou Top 200 reviewer 08 Apr 2017
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    Seatfiller Top 200 reviewer 11 Jun 2017
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