Murder Ballad at Arts Theatre tickets
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About the show

Superstar Kerry Ellis fronted an all-new thrilling rock musical, which premiered at London’s Arts Theatre in September 2016. Opening to rave reviews in New York in 2012, Murder Ballad crashed into the West End as one of the hottest tickets in town. A violent tale of illicit passion and betrayal, this gritty musical has already proven to be hugely successful.

Set in gritty New York, Murder Ballad follows the love-torn Sara as she struggles to choose between her safe and reliable husband and her dangerous former flame. When she breaks up with bartender boyfriend Tom, Sara runs straight into Michael’s arms, a soft-spoken poetry student from NYU. Soon, the pair settle down and have a daughter, but Sara longs for her passionate days with Tom and strikes up an illicit affair. As the relationship intensifies, she begins to realise her mistake all too late. With narration from a dark and broody narrator, the musical is littered with rock songs that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Kerry Ellis is well-known for touring and performing alongside Queen’s Brian May, but she is best-known for her numerous leading musical theatre roles, most recently as Grizabella in the London revival of Cats. Further roles have included Meat in We Will Rock You, Elphaba in Wicked and Nancy in Oliver!Murder Ballad saw Ellis’ first return to the West End since Cats and was one of the most highly anticipated returns of the year.

Murder Ballad also starred the much loved Ramin Karimloo, best known for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. He has recently also been hand picked by Andrew Lloyd-Webber for the lead in Love Never Dies, Lloyd-Webber's sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Murder Ballad also featured Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Mamma Mia!, A Chorus Line and In The Heights) as well as Norman Bowman (Les Miserables, Pirates of Penzance and Cinderella).

Featuring a book and lyrics by Julia Jordan and music and lyrics by Juliana Nash, Murder Ballad was originally conceived by Jonathan Larson, creator of Rent. A gritty and gripping exploration of modern relationships set to thumping rock music, Murder Ballad opened at the Arts Theatre in September 2016.

Recommended for

Kerry Ellis fans will enjoy seeing her in her element in a rock musical, similar to her role as Meat. Fans of Chicago may also like this new production.

Please note - Murder Ballad contains content suitable only for adults aged 16 and over which some people may find offensive, including strong language, scenes of a sexual nature (including sexual simulation) and sexual references throughout. In purchasing a ticket for Murder Ballad, you acknowledge that you have read and understand this caution. The producers of Murder Ballad accept no responsibility or liability for any offence that may be caused.

Age Recommendations: Ages 16+ (violence & sexual scenes)

Dates and times

Running time: 90 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 29 Sep 2016
Press night: 05 Oct 2016
Booking from: 30 Nov 2016
Booking until: 03 Dec 2016

Location and map

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

84 Reviews Add review

An unusual show but the performances made it all worth while.

barrythompson1 87 reviews, 3 helpful votes

conorthornton 124 reviews, 1 helpful vote

conorthornton 124 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I liked the show, but it was too short for my taste. The music was modern, but many loops kept repeating in the songs so by the end... More

ChristineDaae 5'6'', 20 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The seats we originally booked were front row in the stalls but due to an extension on the stage for the show we were moved here as... More

meganpowell1 5"5, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

hollycraggs 5"0, 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

conorthornton 124 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show seemed to divide people but I thoroughly enjoyed this show! I decided to go and see this show when Kerry Ellis was off as... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

A sung-through one act musical that I went to for the fabulous cast but enjoyed much more than I anticipated for the full rock score. More

SophCG 5'9", 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes