The Life I Lead at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
The Life I Lead at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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About the show

Fresh from a critically acclaimed UK tour, comedian and actor Miles Jupp brings James Kettle’s biographical play about actor David Tomlinson to the West End. The Life I Lead opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre this September.

David Tomlinson’s career epitomised the classic English gentlemen, whether as Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins or Professor Browne in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. In The Life I Lead, audiences are invited behind the camera to discover Tomlinson’s rich and incredible personal life – from time as a fighter pilot in World War Two to the actor’s landmark fight to have his son recognised as one of the first cases of autism in Britain. Famous for playing father figures on the big screen, Tomlinson was also heavily influenced by a fraught relationship with his own father, an eccentric but distant man who was hiding a tragicomic secret.

Miles Jupp stars as Tomlinson, having played the role on tour. Best known as a comedian who has appeared on panel shows including Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week, his acting credits span television (The Thick Of It) and theatre (Rules for Living).

The Life I Lead is written by James Kettle, a long-term collaborator with Jupp, and co-directed by Selina Cadell and Didi Hopkins.

A comedic and affecting tale about father-son relationships described fittingly by critics as “practically perfect in every way” (Evening Standard), The Life I Lead at the Wyndham's Theatre brings the extraordinary true story of one of our best-loved character actors to life. It opens on 16 September 2019.

Recommended for

Fans of David Tomlinson who want to fill in the blanks about a ubiquitous childhood figure should grab tickets for The Life I Lead at the Wyndham’s Theatre. It’s also sure to be a nostalgic treat for anyone who grew up on Disney classics.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 16 Sep 2019
Booking from: 20 Sep 2019
Booking until: 21 Sep 2019

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

13 Reviews Add review

This show was so much better then I thought it was going to be. Miles Jupp had the audience in the palm of his hand as he played the... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Very charming and funny and really insightful into the life of David Tomlinson. Miles Jupp gives an excellent performance and lifts... More

rikkiONshow 178cm, 355 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Well delivered interesting show

lynnemeredith 5”7, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

alekas 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

elliotcross 29 reviews, 0 helpful votes

andrewf16 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote

RJC 53 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Miles jupp was brilliant in this one man show portraying David Tomlinson.

susanclements 5ft 3, 78 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Nice enough, but it was essentially large sections of a biography restructured into an entertainment of sorts. Jupp is quite pleasant,... More

davidb2 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes