Mrs Henderson Presents at Noel Coward Theatre tickets
Mrs Henderson Presents at Noel Coward Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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.

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

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 09 Feb 2016
Press night: 16 Feb 2016
Booking from: 17 Jun 2016
Booking until: 18 Jun 2016

Location and map

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AU

101 Reviews Add review

'Mrs Henderson Presents' is a jolly and fun if not outstanding evening of theatre. The script is packed with witty one-liners and ... More

theetrebug 171cm, 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

'Mrs Henderson Presents' is a jolly and fun if not outstanding evening of theatre. The script is packed with witty one-liners and corny jokes which, while most of the time prompted a good belly laugh or at least a giggle from the audience, sometimes rang a bit hollow and unoriginal. Nevertheless, strong performances from the wonderful Emma Williams as Maureen and of course Tracie Bennett as Mrs Henderson raised the standard of performance greatly, with Andrew Wright's cheerful, comedic choreography making for a very enjoyable evening indeed. Overall, Mrs Henderson is a cheeky, fun show that will entertain almost anyone, although it isn't one I would go and see twice.

theetrebug 171cm, 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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 6"2, 106 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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

Chen 5"6, 41 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 5"6, 41 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This new musical was an absolute triumph and British to the core. The story was heartfelt and poignant and the songs were memorabl... More

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 21 helpful votes

This new musical was an absolute triumph and British to the core. The story was heartfelt and poignant and the songs were memorable. A real gem of a musical and I hope the West End sees it's return in the future.

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 21 helpful votes

As I didn't see the movie, I had no idea what to expect, but Mrs Henderson really surprised me. The cast is talented, funny, conv... More

musicalseats 162 cm, 158 reviews, 31 helpful votes

As I didn't see the movie, I had no idea what to expect, but Mrs Henderson really surprised me. The cast is talented, funny, convincing, with beautiful acting, singing, and.... bodies. (Let's mark this an insider joke..) I definitely recommend this show!

musicalseats 162 cm, 158 reviews, 31 helpful votes

I went to see Mrs Henderson Presents without seeing the movie but having seen it since, I must say that the show is much better th... More

doritxuuu 158cm, 149 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I went to see Mrs Henderson Presents without seeing the movie but having seen it since, I must say that the show is much better than the movie! Both the leading actors and the ensemble delivered a powerful performance. The songs and melodies reminded me of older, classic musicals and the signature nude scenes were acted in the most respectful and empowering way.

doritxuuu 158cm, 149 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this musical! I think it's really underrated and doesn't have enough buzz as it should. It does contain some fem... More

yuvalgerstner 1.90 cm, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this musical! I think it's really underrated and doesn't have enough buzz as it should. It does contain some female nudity and a little male nudity. But if you're not too religious or too young It's not supposed to be a problem.

yuvalgerstner 1.90 cm, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Gorgeous show. Wish more people could've seen it before it closed. Wonderful British musical, with comedy, tragedy and fabulous mu... More

emgrace 5ft5, 16 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Gorgeous show. Wish more people could've seen it before it closed. Wonderful British musical, with comedy, tragedy and fabulous music!

emgrace 5ft5, 16 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Very funny yet very heartfelt show with lots of catchy songs and comedic moments. I wish it had been given a longer run, it was go... More

beckywallis 5'4, 61 reviews, 8 helpful votes

Very funny yet very heartfelt show with lots of catchy songs and comedic moments. I wish it had been given a longer run, it was good enough for it.

beckywallis 5'4, 61 reviews, 8 helpful votes