The Knowledge at Charing Cross Theatre tickets
The Knowledge at Charing Cross Theatre tickets

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Overview

Acclaimed actress and writer Maureen Lipman direct the world stage premiere of Jack Rosenthal’s The Knowledge. This hilarious home-grown stage adaptation of the BAFTA nominated TV film comedy arrives at the Charring Cross Theatre September 2017.

Set against the harsh economic backdrop of 1979, the story follows the comical struggles of four Londoners as they attempt the fearsome “Knowledge”. This formidable route memorisation test, undertaken by London black cab drivers, comprises the thousands of streets and landmarks within a six mile radius of Charing Cross.

Standing between our aspiring drivers and the coveted Green Badge is the eccentric examiner Mr. Burgess, also known as “The Vampire”, who is on an obsessive mission to maintain the organisation's rigid standards. This hilarious and heart-warming tale explores struggle and self-discovery.

Director Maureen Lipman is a celebrated TV and film actress who most recently starred in a sell-out revival of Lettice and Lovage at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Lipman directs the performance as a tribute to her late husband and award-winning writer Jack Rosenthal.

Rosenthal wrote over one hundred early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and over one hundred and fifty screenplays, including his much loved TV play Bar Mitzvah Boy which earned him three BAFTAs.

Lipman is supported by an incredible creative team, including set designer Nicolai Hart-Hansen and costume designer Jonathan Lipman, with sound design by Andrew Johnson.

This uproarious 70’s romp plays a limited run at the Charring Cross Theatre from the 4th September to 11th November 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of Jack Rosenthal’s extensive TV portfolio will love this hilarious stage adaptation of his classic work.

Age Recommendations: 10+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours
Opened: 04 Sep 2017
Booking from: 10 Nov 2017
Booking until: 11 Nov 2017

Location and map

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NG

8 Reviews Add review

Excellent play highlighting the challenge of taking The Knowledge to become a London cabbie while also telling the stories of the ... More

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 29 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Excellent play highlighting the challenge of taking The Knowledge to become a London cabbie while also telling the stories of the candidates. Heart-warming and well acted under great direction from Maureen Lipman whose late husband wrote the movie on which it is based! Very topical with the current issue of Uber losing its license to operate in London. Do go and see it if you can!

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 29 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Really enjoyed the show. Some really great performances. A very funny insight into what it takes to do The Knowledge. I have a fe... More

shazzap 5" 7, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed the show. Some really great performances. A very funny insight into what it takes to do The Knowledge. I have a few friends that are cabbies so was great to see their life portrayed up on the stage. There were a lot of cabbies in the audience too - they all seemed to love it as much as I did.

shazzap 5" 7, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was an enjoyable show, cleverly staged with characters taking it in turns to use the same parts of the set as the action move... More

chocoholics2005 4"10, 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was an enjoyable show, cleverly staged with characters taking it in turns to use the same parts of the set as the action moved on.

chocoholics2005 4"10, 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 204 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 204 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 204 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 204 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 204 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 204 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A brilliant show with a great set.

paulfootie 6'3", 83 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A brilliant show with a great set.

paulfootie 6'3", 83 reviews, 3 helpful votes

gloriagilbert 5ft 0ins, 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

gloriagilbert 5ft 0ins, 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes