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The Go-Between Tickets

Apollo Theatre

Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Michael Crawford returned to the West End to star in this original musical by David Wood and Richard Taylor. A tale of youth, secrecy and forbidden passion, The Go-Between is a tragic, yet heart-warming tale that has debuted in London at the Apollo Theatre in 2016.

Beloved children’s dramatist David Wood has brought a new musical to the Apollo Theatre, starring legendary stage and screen actor Michael Crawford. With an entirely original score by Whistle Down the Wind’s Richard Taylor, The Go-Between arrived in London after successful runs across the UK, earning the Theatre Awards UK award for Best Musical Production.

Based on L. P. Hartley’s 1953 novel, The Go-Between follows the elderly Leo Colston as he accidentally unlocks forgotten memories, which quickly unravel before his very eyes. Remembering the stiflingly hot summers of 1990, Leo is transported back to his childhood holidays in Norfolk with his close school friend, Marcus, and their families. Young Leo soon becomes wrapped up as the go-between in an affair between the upper-class Marion and fumbling farmer Ted. Trapped in an adult world full of lies, secrecy and forbidden passion, the elderly Leo realises that his life was changed forever.

Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Michael Crawford stars as Leo Colston, returning to the West End for the first time since his appearance as the Wizard in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. Crawford is best-known for creating the titular roles in Barnum and The Phantom of the Opera, for which he collectively received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical as well as a Tony, Drama Desk and Critics Circle Award. His credits also extend to the screen, as he became a household name when he starred as the bumbling Frank Spencer in popular sitcom Some Mother’s So ‘Ave ‘Em.

Previously a successful 1970 film starring Michael Redgrave, Julie Christie and Alan Bates, The Go-Between is yet another musical to be adapted from a novel and a film. With a book by David Wood, who brought family favourites such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Goodnight Mister Tom to the West End, The Go-Between is a fresh, innovative and heart-warming production that promises to become a British classic.

Sorry this show closed 15 October 2016, we recommend these similar productions.

The Lion King
Performance dates:
14 Oct 2016 - 15 Oct 2016
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Suitable for all ages
Audience Notes:
Fans of David Wood’s Goodnight Mister Tom will enjoy this adaptation of L. P. Hartle’s classic novel. Those who also enjoy The Railway Children will love the classic, heart-warming feel to this entirely original musical.

The Go-Between Reviews

67 Reviews
  • 5 Stars33%
  • 4 Stars42%
  • 3 Stars16%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Stars3%

User Reviews


Very good play, but with Michael Crawford in it, it had to be good.

Performance date: 27 July 2016

If it hadn't had in Michael Crawford I can't say I would have seen this, which is a shame because it was a good little show. The young actors are phenomenal, but the sheer strength and gravitas of the piece comes from Crawford himself. Being ab Read more

Performance date: 24 August 2016

It's always exciting to be watching a brand new British musical, and 'The Go Between' was very charming. The use of choreography and set was wonderful and really added to the quality of the production. The music was enjoyable but nothing particularly Read more

Performance date: 15 October 2016
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