The Go-Between at Apollo Theatre tickets
The Go-Between at Apollo Theatre tickets

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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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 27 May 2016
Press night: 07 Jun 2016
Booking from: 14 Oct 2016
Booking until: 15 Oct 2016

Location and map

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EZ

68 Reviews Add review

A very touching and gentle play with music (rather than a musical) as there is a fair amount of spoken dialogue. Quite an individual... More

moley 5' 6'', 116 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A very touching and gentle play with music (rather than a musical) as there is a fair amount of spoken dialogue. Quite an individual... More

moley 5' 6'', 116 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This show was much better then I thought it was going to be. I wouldn't class it as a 'musical' as such as most of the dialogue is... More

joc78 5"4, 359 reviews, 5 helpful votes

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... More

Chen 5"6, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Refreshing to see something like this, in between a musical and a play. It might had been better with slightly more than just a piano... More

musicalseats 162 cm, 158 reviews, 33 helpful votes

We were extremely disappointed with The Go Between. We go to the London theatre a lot and can honestly say this is probably the worst... More

mikeconlan999 5"10, 49 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I was a little disappointed as I hadn't realised this is a play set to music rather than an all-singing, all-dancing musical, but that's... More

yfaris 5'2", 28 reviews, 2 helpful votes

It's always exciting to be watching a brand new British musical, and 'The Go Between' was very charming. The use of choreography and... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this show. I loved how the story was narrated and portrayed around the narrator. It was well performed by the whole... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes