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+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 16 Mar 2018
Press night: 27 Mar 2018
Booking from: 25 May 2018
Booking until: 23 Jun 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Friday 25 May 2018--7:45pm
Saturday 26 May 20183:30pm7:45pm
Monday 28 May 2018--7:45pm
Tuesday 29 May 2018--7:45pm
Wednesday 30 May 2018--7:45pm
Thursday 31 May 20183:30pm7:45pm
Friday 01 Jun 2018--7:45pm

Location and map

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

42 Reviews Add review

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, 138 reviews, 4 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 of the clever references throughout the show. Would recommend for those who love musical theatre, but it's quite an odd one! I did laugh out loud a lot - but some people around me really didn't! The cast are phenomenal - particularly Kim Maresca and Tracie Bennett, but the show itself suffers from being too long and has a convoluted storyline. But an enjoyable night out - still haven't properly made up my mind yet!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 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, 100 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 number of times I laughed on 2 hands. The cast are all good - Jason Gardiner plays the part well (completely over the top, which is what the role needed), and his voice surprised me. Tracie Bennett was the standout , but she only really has 1 song (that I can remember) and isn't on stage for very long at all, which was a real shame. I'm not sure which of the kids was on at the performance I saw, but she was great. For me I'd say this is a 4 star production of a 2 star show.

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 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, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Such a funny and entertainig show, with lots of references to other shows. A real must for regular theatregoers. The little girl playing Tina Denmark was brilliant and so was her mother, Judy Denmark. A great night out that left me feeling buzzing and wanting to see the show again.

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This was an amazing show with an outstanding performance from the whole cast. It was stupidly ridiculous, hilariously funny and a... More

katepreston2 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was an amazing show with an outstanding performance from the whole cast. It was stupidly ridiculous, hilariously funny and an all round fantastic night.

katepreston2 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The story of a little girl who would do anything to be a star on stage. It's funny camp and murderous. Tracie Bennett gives a mast... More

freddie12 5" 10, 49 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The story of a little girl who would do anything to be a star on stage. It's funny camp and murderous. Tracie Bennett gives a masterclass of contained over acting, shame she wasn't on stage more.

freddie12 5" 10, 49 reviews, 2 helpful votes

What a bonkers show! Never seen anything like it and so glad I went. So silly and VERY "broadway". Totally recommend it.

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

What a bonkers show! Never seen anything like it and so glad I went. So silly and VERY "broadway". Totally recommend it.

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This parody of old, classic Broadway is absolutely hilarious. It’s a real display of melodrama and the actors were completely in o... More

AlexPhillips 171cm, 48 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This parody of old, classic Broadway is absolutely hilarious. It’s a real display of melodrama and the actors were completely in on the joke. The entire show is just pure fun and silliness, and the music was very catchy. A really enjoyable night all around!

AlexPhillips 171cm, 48 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Oh dear! This show was terrible in my opinion. I had high hopes as I'm a big fan of Tracie Bennett and I wondered how a double O... More

joc78 5"4, 251 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Oh dear! This show was terrible in my opinion. I had high hopes as I'm a big fan of Tracie Bennett and I wondered how a double Olivier award winning actress could put her name against something so dull? I could count the number of times I laughed on one hand. The songs were forgetful, the 'jokes' and innuendos were way over the top. What didn't help was the lacklustre audience (the theatre was only a quarter full by the way which didn't help the 'atmosphere' - and on a Saturday night too). I don't mean to be 'ruthless' about this but it just wasn't my cup of tea unfortunately.

joc78 5"4, 251 reviews, 4 helpful votes