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

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Overview

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

67 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 individu... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 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 musical style, sometimes reminiscent of Sondheim when the sung dialogue is almost spoken. No great memorable show tunes which is not meant as a criticism. A great ensemble piece and well sung and acted by all. Particular praise to the two young actors who played the boys and were the perfect example of how to project and clarity of speech. Michael Crawford was brilliant too and had such stage presence, especially when he was often there just there as a silent observer, but his facial expressions spoke a thousand words. It was an honour and pleasure to have seen him.

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 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 individu... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 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 musical style, sometimes reminiscent of Sondheim when the sung dialogue is almost spoken. No great memorable show tunes which is not meant as a criticism. A great ensemble piece and well sung and acted by all. Particular praise to the two young actors who played the boys and were the perfect example of how to project and clarity of speech. Michael Crawford was brilliant too and had such stage presence, especially when he was often there just there as a silent observer, but his facial expressions spoke a thousand words. It was an honour and pleasure to have seen him.

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 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 i... More

joc78 5"4, 226 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 sung to a piano (almost 90% of the dialogue). Some very strong performances particularly from the young boy playing Leo (Johnny Evans-Hutchison). Unfortunately, Michael Crawford didn't appear at this particular performance but it didn't matter. His understudy did a great job. It was a shame the theatre was so empty. Only the stalls section was open (and only the first 9-10 rows) and even they were not full. It's a shame as it would have created a much better atmosphere having had a 'fuller' theatre. The performances were very good however and I would recommend this one.

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 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. ... More

Chen 5"6, 27 reviews, 0 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 young actors are phenomenal, but the sheer strength and gravitas of the piece comes from Crawford himself. Being able to watch him on stage is something pretty special, and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to do it. The music isn't that memorable, but it was a nice and refreshing change to have a quiet, unassuming show, rather than something loud and in your face.

Chen 5"6, 27 reviews, 0 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 p... More

musicalseats 162 cm, 149 reviews, 30 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 - eg adding a cello or violin, as I didn't think of the score as very interesting, but it was really well sung by everyone. The acting was amazing, and everyone; from 74 year old Michael Crawford to the 12 year old boys were outstanding!

musicalseats 162 cm, 149 reviews, 30 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 wo... More

mikeconlan999 5"10, 36 reviews, 0 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 production we've ever seen. We did buy reduced price tickets; but within 10 minutes we felt we had overpaid. We think Michael Crawford is brilliant - but this didn't work on any level. We soon realised why the musical had such a small audience. We left at the interval. We obviously spent money travelling into London and buying dinner locally before the show - which feels like a waste of money now. The songs were dreary, depressing and got in the way of the story. The set was spartan and didn't set the scene at all for the Summer. Having Michael Crawford (although brilliant) on the stage throughout just didn't work and inadvertently hindered the early part of the story.  Hopefully, the next play or musical we see on the West End is way better than this one.

mikeconlan999 5"10, 36 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 ... More

yfaris 5'2", 25 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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 my fault for not researching properly. There is a pianist on stage playing unmemorable music. There is one minimalist set, and most characters have only one costume. The acting is good however, and it is a pleasure to see Michael Crawford in action. Must mention how good the two young boys are too.

yfaris 5'2", 25 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 a... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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 memorable. It was lovely to be there that particular night as it was the last night and they presented cast/crew etc. with presents/flowers at the end of the night.

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

fifilou 5"7, 175 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 cast. I loved the set and the staging! The story was moving and funny and heartfelt. A really fantastic show.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes