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

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Overview

How far would you go to get what you want?

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

64 Reviews Add review

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, 52 reviews, 5 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 tonally appropriate and fun performances. Traci Bennett is great as the critic grandmother and her song I hate musicals resonated a lot with me but th stars of the show are Jason Gardiner as Sylvia and in this performance Anya Evans as Tina Denmark. A vicious, talented girl who will stop at nothing to succeed. It is hilarious and a real shame the audiences aren't bigger. Catch this before it finishes.

braintree 155cm, 52 reviews, 5 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

One of the campest evenings you will ever spend in a theatre. The production is full of laughter, innuendo and tremendous singing. Jason Gardiner is a revelation and Tracie Bennett is well... Tracie Bennett, superb as always. Support this show and go see it. You won't be disappointed.

1959robertl 6'2", 26 reviews, 0 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, 128 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, 128 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, 109 reviews, 6 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, 109 reviews, 6 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, 142 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, 142 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Brilliantly funny pastiche of all those precocious child actor stories. Amazingly talented and utterly fierce cast.

MrMoore 6ft, 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliantly funny pastiche of all those precocious child actor stories. Amazingly talented and utterly fierce cast.

MrMoore 6ft, 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was my second time seeing this show and it was just as good, the cast are just the right amount of 'over the top', story line... More

angeladann 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was my second time seeing this show and it was just as good, the cast are just the right amount of 'over the top', story line is funny and songs are good, very enjoyable night out.

angeladann 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The talent from the 6 performers was fantastic, especially from the youngest cast member playing Tina (what a star). I did enjoy ... More

ShannonHearn94 5''11, 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The talent from the 6 performers was fantastic, especially from the youngest cast member playing Tina (what a star). I did enjoy the show, the storyline is all a pretty crazy especially the end, but still lots of laughs through out!

ShannonHearn94 5''11, 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Good show. Very funny. The actors played their over the top characters fabulously. But it was a little too over the top for me in... More

donnahillman 5" 4', 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Good show. Very funny. The actors played their over the top characters fabulously. But it was a little too over the top for me in some parts. The 4th wall is broken occasionally. The lead adults were amazing. Brilliant voices.

donnahillman 5" 4', 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes