Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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Overview

Lee Hall’s spectacular musical Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour has arrived at the Duke of York’s Theatre after having had hugely popular runs at the Galway International Arts Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, the National Theatre and on tour throughout the UK in 2016. This transfer opened on 9th May 2017 and is set to run until 2nd September 2017.

Based on Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos, this musical adaptation is hilarious, heartbreaking and riotous production telling the story of six girls on the brink of womanhood. Young, confused and completely unstoppable, the girls stumble over lust, love, pregnancy and death all packed into the course of a single life changing day.

First premiering at the Fringe in August 2015, the musical won a Scotsman Fringe First Award, a Herald Angel Award and a Stage Award for Acting Excellence during its opening run, before receiving much deserved London and national transfers.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour features the classic music of ELO including much loved songs such as ‘Mr Blue Sky’, ‘Sweet Talkin’ Woman’ and ‘Shine a Little Love’, arranged for and performed by a live three piece on stage band.

The production is directed by Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of London’s Royal Court Theatre and founding artistic director of National Theatre of Scotland, known for her previous acclaimed productions such as The Mistress Contract and The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas and features musical arrangement by Tony Award-winning Martin Lowe, who previously worked on the hugely popular Once.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour also features design by Chloe Lamford, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting by Lizzie Powell and sound by Mike Walker.

The cast from the National Theatre production reprise their original roles, with Melissa Allan as Orla, Caroline Deyga as Chell, Karen Fishwick as Kay, Kirsty MacLaren as Manda, Frances Mayli McCann as Kylah and Dawn Sievewright as Fionnula.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour gives those who missed out on the hugely popular National Theatre run last year, another opportunity to see this spectacular and visceral coming of age story. With performances having began on the 9th May 2017 and having had an official opening on 15th May 2017, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is one of the most exciting West End transfers this year.

Recommended for

With its roots in Fringe Theatre, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is perfect for those who like an alternative to the traditional more bombastic stage shows of the West End. Touching, hilarious and with a spectacular ELO soundtrack, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is one of the stand out shows to arrive on the West End this year.

Containing singing, sex and Sambuca, this show many not be suitable for young children due to strong language and adult themes.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 16+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 09 May 2017
Press night: 15 May 2017
Booking from: 01 Sep 2017
Booking until: 02 Sep 2017

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

132 Reviews Add review

As a woman who went to a mixed comprehensive on the South Coast of England I can’t exactly say this tale of Scottish Catholic scho... More

braintree 155cm, 37 reviews, 5 helpful votes

As a woman who went to a mixed comprehensive on the South Coast of England I can’t exactly say this tale of Scottish Catholic school girls resonated with me but I still enjoyed the experience; the novelty of a female-dominated (both its cast and director) play, the music of ELO (you have no soul if you don’t bounce in your seat to Mr Blue Sky) and the delightful story of coming of age and all the issues that come with that will win even the most cynical audience over. The obvious thing to mention is the vulgarity that has been mentioned in other reviews; I didn’t find it that bad and if you go in with expectations of graphic language and sexual imagery you are less likely to walk out because the truth women everywhere talk like this. There isn’t an interval and I question if the alleged walk outs are based on this more than anything, I would have loved an interval Barr’s Limeade. Not that this young cast of 6 ever lose their energy; going from choral singing to full on rock outs without even a gasp. If, like me, you don’t consider yourself a musical person this story, based on the Alan Warner’s 1998 novel The Sopranos, is rich with bereavement, sexuality, teen pregnancy and the oppression of Catholicism taking centre stage as they leave their comfort zone and it all goes terribly wrong. This, much like The History Boys, will be remembered as a starting point for these fine actresses. I particularly enjoyed Isis Hainsworth as Orla, a girl recovering from cancer and Karen Fishwick, who not only plays her character of the posh outsider Kay incredibly well but also takes on a lot of the other characters the girls come across on their choir trip to Edinburgh, where they just want to drink booze, have fun and get disqualified so they can get back to Oban’s nightclub The Mantrap to cop off with the local lads. This is ultimately a fun show with some hilarious moments, that gets under the skin of teenage hormones and vanity. Putting aside all cynicism about men writing about young women Lee Hall has created not only a realistic portrayal of being a teenage girl in the 90s (I dread to think what these girls would have got up to if they had social media…) but also a convincing look at Scotland and Scottish life without a haggis or Proclaimer in sight.

braintree 155cm, 37 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Absolutely blown away by this show and its effortlessly talented young female cast! Our Ladies follows six Scottish schoolgirls on... More

imogenbrady 5"3, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Absolutely blown away by this show and its effortlessly talented young female cast! Our Ladies follows six Scottish schoolgirls on a day trip to Edinburgh and within the play's 1 hour 45 minutes you're taken on an emotional roller-coaster. A really gritty, hard-hitting piece of theatre with a lot of heart and an honest tale of adolescence - though not for the easily offended (lots of swearing and adult references). The all-female play comprises of six lead actors & a three-piece stage band, directed by Vicky Featherstone and it is one of the most empowering pieces of live theatre you will see on the West End! How they manage to flit effortlessly between six-part acappella choral harmonies to belting ELO classics I'll never know.

imogenbrady 5"3, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I really wasn't sure what to expect from this show, and was very pleasantly surprised! It's worth noting, the language and general... More

jamesatwill 178, 85 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I really wasn't sure what to expect from this show, and was very pleasantly surprised! It's worth noting, the language and general themes are VERY adult, so definitely not one to take children to! I wasn't expecting there to be so much singing and found that it worked really really well - the onstage band were great too (and they looked unbelievably cool!). It took me a little while to get into the swing of things with understanding the very thick accents - I would imagine that if there are tourists or those where english is not their first language some may struggle to understand some of the dialogue. All of the girls were amazingly talented with great comic timing, the ability to make you laugh and cringe, yet a couple of seconds later were moving me almost to tears. Really brilliant show - definitely recommended!

jamesatwill 178, 85 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I was so inspired the first time seeing this show that I was impelled to come back and see it 4 days later. The women on stage are... More

imogenbrady 5"3, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I was so inspired the first time seeing this show that I was impelled to come back and see it 4 days later. The women on stage are an absolute testimony to their craft - the cast and characters are so tight that I've seen it twice with an understudy and you'd never tell. Six beautifully written characters tell a hilarious, shocking and completely unapologetic story of growing up, making right/wrong decisions and truly grabbing life by the balls. Strong acting, strong singing and a fitting no-frills-attached set truly make this a piece of theatre to remember. I look forward to seeing more plays like it!

imogenbrady 5"3, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This was my 3rd time seeing Our Ladies ~ had to bring a friend along so she could understand why I was raving about this piece of ... More

imogenbrady 5"3, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This was my 3rd time seeing Our Ladies ~ had to bring a friend along so she could understand why I was raving about this piece of theatre. We both loved it. Every show has its little differences, seeing it more than once you get to pick up on the smaller details and you're able to form a deeper understanding of the characters/their story when parts of the dialogue become more prominent - it's such a joy to experience storytelling in this way. Paired with the knock-out renditions of classical and ELO songs it's quite truly a breathtaking show !

imogenbrady 5"3, 12 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I went into the theatre with no idea what to expect from the show, but Our Ladies blew me away. I found myself unconvinced by the ... More

dreamalongjoy 5"7, 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I went into the theatre with no idea what to expect from the show, but Our Ladies blew me away. I found myself unconvinced by the first few minutes, but by the end of the production, I was absolutely head over heels in love. It has an incredible raucousness, risque humour that had me belly-laughing and gasping in shock, fun musical numbers and touching emotional moments. At times, it is unabashedly female, and it is massively heartening to see true, varied, multi-faceted representations of women on the stage. The girls are faultless - Isis Hainsworth as Orla was particularly phenomenal. The actresses switch between characters seamlessly and elevate the production to a whole new level. I already want to see it again.

dreamalongjoy 5"7, 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A highly enjoyable, hilarious, poignant and very sweary bit of brilliance. It might well be one of the best shows that you'll ev... More

ianwarde 5"5, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A highly enjoyable, hilarious, poignant and very sweary bit of brilliance. It might well be one of the best shows that you'll ever see. But it's over now. Gone. Kaput! So you'll probably never know.

ianwarde 5"5, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I didn't know what to expect with this play or what it was about. But I got a £17 ticket on the day so went to the matinee. I won... More

theatrekid88 5", 55 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I didn't know what to expect with this play or what it was about. But I got a £17 ticket on the day so went to the matinee. I won't spoil the plot but this is a really funny yet poignant play (with music!) about teenage catholic schoolgirls and what they get up to in those rebellious years. The A Capella singing was beautiful and the other songs with the band (mainly ELO songs) were great also. The Glasgow accents made it a little hard to catch everything that was said, and I would imagine overseas tourists might find it very difficult! Lots of swearing and sexual references so don't see if you're easily offended. Or with kids! I enjoyed it very much. Note: the play is about 2 hrs long with no interval.

theatrekid88 5", 55 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Such a great show! So good, I've seen it twice. This is the story of 6 convent girls on a day trip to the city for a choir competi... More

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Such a great show! So good, I've seen it twice. This is the story of 6 convent girls on a day trip to the city for a choir competition. They have a few hours to kill and their personal stories unfold as the shenanigans they get up to are revealed. It is very moving to see them all go through their own rites of passage. And all this is accompanied by the most fantastic music and singing, including a bunch of ELO hits sung as you've never heard them before. Yes it's sweary and adult content is discussed, but don't let that put you off. It's glorious!

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes