Murder Ballad at Arts Theatre tickets
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Overview

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

83 Reviews Add review

Murder Ballard is a New Rock sung through musical, created by Julia Jordan, and Juliana Nash. The show tells the tale of Sara, who... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Murder Ballard is a New Rock sung through musical, created by Julia Jordan, and Juliana Nash. The show tells the tale of Sara, who although married to a good man Michael, has an affair with a past high-school love Tom. When coming to her senses, she calls it off, but Tom’s obsession grows, and ends with a murder…I wont inform you of whose life comes to an end, but I will say it surprised me. I came away from this show humming the many numbers from the soundtrack, and I was delighted that I can purchase the cd on iTunes…to which I did straight away. Although the story of Love, obsession, adultery, and guilt is one that is known to many the music throughout is worth the visit, and now the soundtrack has been repeated on car, and train journey’s many times, however I would be lying if I didn’t wish it was the London cast singing in my ears than ones I have not seen before. http://www.rosereview.co.uk/?p=710

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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 a... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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 for some unknown reason they reduced the price of tickets. I must say I didn't feel like the show missed her. Natalie McQueen did a good job of holding her own against some other big performers - and I must say that the other 3 main characters Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Norman Bowman and Ramin Karimloo where exceptional. Victoria narrating made the show her own and for me was a truly stand out performance with her husky vocals setting the mood of the whole performance. The simple set barely changing throughout all be it for a few props left the performers able to shine with no distractions and I think this was right for this production. I enjoyed the story and how it progressed. All in all a wonderful production!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Murder Ballard is a New Rock sung through musical, created by Julia Jordan, and Juliana Nash. The show tells the tale of Sara, who... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Murder Ballard is a New Rock sung through musical, created by Julia Jordan, and Juliana Nash. The show tells the tale of Sara, who although married to a good man Michael, has an affair with a past high-school love Tom. When coming to her senses, she calls it off, but Tom's obsession grows, and ends with a murder...I wont inform you of whose life comes to an end, but I will say it surprised me. I came away from this show humming the many numbers from the soundtrack, and I was delighted that I can purchase the cd on iTunes...to which I did straight away. Although the story of Love, obsession, adultery, and guilt is one that is known to many the music throughout is worth the visit, and now the soundtrack has been repeated on car, and train journey's many times, however I would be lying if I didn't wish it was the London cast singing in my ears than ones I have not seen before. http://www.rosereview.co.uk/?p=710

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I didn't really know anything about this show before booking a ticket, and I went purely because of the cast. It's a fairly unusua... More

jamesatwill 178, 85 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I didn't really know anything about this show before booking a ticket, and I went purely because of the cast. It's a fairly unusual musical, totally sung through and only 90 minutes long, but I really enjoyed it. As predicted, the 4 leads were outstanding - you really won't hear much better voices on the west end! The story was relatively predictable, but the chemistry between the cast was so good I was totally invested from the beginning. The staging was simple, but I thought the way they incorporated the band and the use of video was clever. Also, Ramin Karimloo has his shirt off for a large portion of the show, if you're into that sort of thing.

jamesatwill 178, 85 reviews, 3 helpful votes

My third time seeing the show. A small, intimate cast in a cosy theatre makes for fantastic viewing. I was happy with my seat and ... More

pkemp1992 5'10", 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

My third time seeing the show. A small, intimate cast in a cosy theatre makes for fantastic viewing. I was happy with my seat and the show was immense yet again. The cast are lovely and all come out the front of the theatre (as there is no stage door) to interact with audience members who stay to greet the cast. The singing is superb and has some beautiful harmonies that send chills down my spine. The story is gripping, and you become emotionally attached to the characters. I'll be extremely sad to see this leave the West End.

pkemp1992 5'10", 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Enjoyed every second of this emotional journey of love, betrayal and murder told through fab and raunchy rock songs. The stage had... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 42 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Enjoyed every second of this emotional journey of love, betrayal and murder told through fab and raunchy rock songs. The stage had a revolve which was used most effectively with the four main characters changing costumes on stage as we were whizzed from one location to another. Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Norman Bowman gave it their all, singing and acting was incredible. Band and 2 support actors/singers were equally awesome. GO SEE THIS SHOW!!! It is amazing.

tapwhizz 168cm, 42 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This is the second time I have seen this show. Enjoyed it so much that my husband and I took our daughter along to see it. Fantast... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 42 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This is the second time I have seen this show. Enjoyed it so much that my husband and I took our daughter along to see it. Fantastic and powerful musical storytelling by a very talented cast. Kerry Ellis's understudy Natalie McQueen performed her role on this performance with great aplomb. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt's voice is just amazing and she makes a fabulous narrator. In fact the entire cast is great, singing and acting superb all round making for a dramatic, poignant performance.

tapwhizz 168cm, 42 reviews, 3 helpful votes

If you're considering going to see Murder Ballad, stop considering and go! It's an amazing show with a fantastic cast. The small c... More

pkemp1992 5'10", 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

If you're considering going to see Murder Ballad, stop considering and go! It's an amazing show with a fantastic cast. The small cast, and small theatre, really make it feel intimate. The range of emotions shown take you on an emotional roller-coaster and you really care about the characters. Some fantastic songs too, just hoping for a West End cast recording.

pkemp1992 5'10", 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I saw the first ever preview of Murder Ballad, which was almost cancelled due to technical difficulties. Before the show began, th... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I saw the first ever preview of Murder Ballad, which was almost cancelled due to technical difficulties. Before the show began, the director informed us that it was to be the first ever run-through of the show and that the second half would not include the technical side, as that hadn't yet been plotted. But these things happen in live theatre, and luckily the audience were very forgiving! The show itself is very very unusual. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt was the show's saving grace, and had she not been involved then I honestly think it would have been nowhere near as good. Kerry Ellis and Ramin Karimloo were not at their best. It's very rough around the edges and very strange. Would like to see it again when it's not a preview.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes