Ruthless! The Musical at Arts Theatre tickets
Ruthless! The Musical at Arts Theatre tickets

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Overview

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Off-Broadway cult classic Ruthless! The Musical comes to the Arts Theatre over a decade after its London premiere at Stratford Circus by production company Okai Collier. The all-female musical about 8-year old Tina Denmark’s quest for fame spoofs classic Broadway musicals such as Mame and Gypsy and iconic films All About Eve and The Bad Seed.

Laura Bell Bundy played the original Tina, who will do anything to play the lead in her primary school musical. Encouraged by her mother Judy and a dubious agent, Tina auditions but is cast as the lead’s understudy. This sets off a darkly funny chain of events and revelations, but Tina never takes her eyes off her goal.

American actor Kim Maresca plays Judy Denmark, Tina’s mum, after appearing in the same role in the 2015 off-Broadway revival. Casting also includes Follies’ Tracie Bennett as Tina’s grandmother Lina and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner as Sylvia St. Croix, the talent agent. Laura Denning plays Louise Lerman/Eve, and Harriet Thorpe from Absolutely Fabulous takes on the role of Myrna Thorn.

Ruthless! The Musical is the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award-winner, and is known for discovering young talent including Natalie Portman and Britney Spears, who both understudied the role of Tina in the 1992 production.

This production directed by Richard Fitch, with choreography by Rebecca Howell, design by Morgan Large, lighting design by Tim Lutkin and sound design by Gregory Clarke, as well as musical supervision by Gareth Valentine.

A killer, cult classic, Ruthless! The Musical is guaranteed to entertain. Performances run at the West End’s Arts Theatre for a strictly limited season, from 16 March to 23 June 2018, with a press night on 27 March 2018.

Recommended for

Fans of lesser-known and cult musicals won’t want to miss this. Anyone looking to support female-led work in the West End will want to make sure they book a ticket to see this all-star cast!

Age Recommendations: Recommended 10+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 16 Mar 2018
Press night: 27 Mar 2018
Booking from: 22 Jun 2018
Booking until: 23 Jun 2018

Location and map

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

71 Reviews Add review

Fantastic show! Anya as Tina Denmark is a star in the making, and we should definitely watch out for her return to the stage, as s... More

nicolepeto1 5"7, 73 reviews, 0 helpful votes

What a load of campy, crude fun. Showing the darker side of showbiz and stage brats this all-female characters have lots of tonall... More

braintree 155cm, 53 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Overall I thought this show was just a bit 'meh'. I was expecting a real laugh out loud show, but I could probably count the numbe... More

jamesatwill 178, 115 reviews, 7 helpful votes

As other people have said - a 4 star production of a 2 star show. If you don't know Mame and Gypsy inside out, you'll miss a lot o... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Absolutely fantastic show, laughed all the way through.

katieharding 5'9, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fabulous show with an incredible cast! Interesting to see how a show can be with only 6 people, and Charlotte smashed it as Tina.

nicolepeto1 5"7, 73 reviews, 0 helpful votes

One of the campest evenings you will ever spend in a theatre. The production is full of laughter, innuendo and tremendous singing... More

1959robertl 6'2", 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Such a funny and entertainig show, with lots of references to other shows. A real must for regular theatregoers. The little girl p... More

YM 168, 134 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Such a great show! Funny and just the right amount of rudeness. A talented cast of only 6 doing a splendid job!

YM 168, 134 reviews, 4 helpful votes