Discount Theatre Tickets

We have a huge number of discounted tickets on sale at the moment.  They include savings of over £30 on selected tickets for Blood Brothers, which is a “must see” show before the doors close at the Phoenix Theatre on 27th October 2012.

Another one to see before it closes is Ghost the Musical, which is a fabulous, heart-wrenching musical.  Stalls and Royal Circle tickets are discounted from £65 down to just £37.50 (valid until 28th September).  In addition to over 40% discount on tickets, we have dinner & show packages available at Little Sicily, Planet Hollywood or Wheelers of St James. This package is just £45 for a Grand Circle ticket  & a 2-course pre-theatre meal.

Check out the whole range of our discounts; with ticket prices as low as £12 there is a show within everyone’s budget.


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Taboo at Brixton Club House

The Brixton Club House in South London is currently staging a revival of the Olivier Award-winning Boy George musical, Taboo.

Co-creator Christopher Renshaw will direct and will be supported by writer Mark Davies Markham and Boy George.

Taboo brings us a muscial portrait of 1980s London. London experienced mass unemployment, social upheaval, a rebellion amongst young people expressing themselves in outrageous fashions.  The “New Romantics” led a trend which left a lasting impression on pop, fashion and social culture.

The story tells of a young girl and boy who were swept up in this exciting climate, alongside two other young men – Leigh Bowery and George O’Dowd.  Leigh was a brilliant, radical performance artist and designer; George was a rough-edged boy, arriving in London and becoming the crossover star of the scene – Boy George.

The stories are set against the background of Taboo, nightclub symbol of the excess and decadence of London in the 1980s.

Taboo is now open and tickets are currently on sale until 23rd December 2012.

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Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain Returns

So, after the tour of the Middle East, Horrible Histories will be re-opening at the Garrick Theatre, London on the 27th October 2012 through to 6th January 2013.

This show is produced by the Birmingham Stage Company and brings Britain’s horrible history to life with squelchy sound effects; blood, guts and bad jokes.

Horrible Histories is a fun, exciting and very different way of portraying Britain’s history, including all the “bad” bits.

Tickets are now on sale for the return of this delightful stage show which continues to amuse and delight audiences of all ages.

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New Tickets on Sale This Week

The return of some favourites, together with some not so well-known soon-to-become favourits maybe?

The Snowman – loved by kids and adults everywhere. Who could not love the timeless classic, and who can forget Walking In The Air – first sung by Peter Auty, but made more famous by Aled Jones in 1985. The Snowman arrives back in the West End at the Peacock Theatre on 28th November for a record breaking 15th year, just in time for us to start getting all Christmassy!

An Incident At The Border is a comedy about lines, imaginary and perhaps sometimes quite real, that surround us, and the price we may have to pay to cross those lines.  It was recently broadcast by the BBC on Radio 4. A couple are separated by a new border between two countries.  This is a world premiere by young playwright Kirean Lynn. Having had a sold out run at the Finborough Theatre the play transfers to the Trafalgar Studios 2 from 20th August.

ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop will start a UK tour with a 5 week run at the Peacock theatre from 20th September.  The show has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award, a South Bank – Sky Arts Award and two What’s On Stage Awards.  Following the 5 week run in the West End, Some Like It Hip Hop will continue on the UK tour with gigs in Manchester, Truro, Canterbury, Guildford, Edinburgh, Bradford, Leicester, Nottingham and Wolverhampton. Do you remember Lizzie Gough from “So You Think You Can Dance” on TV – well she stars in this production as do a whole host of hip hop stars.

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Jesus Christ Superstar the Musical

So, it is nearly upon us – the UK arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.  Following the build-up and the TV series to choose “Jesus” this tour is likely to sell very quickly and we would expect most if not all the venues to be sold out.

Did you know that Jesus Christ Superstar was the first hit musical brought to the professional stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on Broadway in October 1971? In 1972 the show arrived in London and starred Paul Nicholas as Jesus. Jesus Christ Superstar went on to become the longest running musical in the West End ever by 1980, with 3,358 performances under the belt, and a gross revenue of £7.5m (that was a lot of money in 1980!!). Although the show has not been in the West End since 1996 it has continued to have success touring around the world, and is now back in London in 2012!

The show will feature Melanie C (Spice Girl of course!) as Mary Magdelene and of course Melanie C was also on the panel of the Superstar TV show and so was instrumental in the choice of her co-star of Ben Forster who will play “Jesus” although the final choice was made by the public vote from the last 3 survivors of Ben Forster, Roger Wright and Rory Taylor.

The show kicks off on 21st September at the O2 Arena and then visits Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester (again!), Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Nottingham and finally Sheffield.

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Last Chance – New Shows

So, there are a number of long-running shows that are closing before the end of the year.  We will look at those shows and also what is or might be following them.

Firstly, the musical Blood Brothers is closing it’s doors for the last time on Saturday 27th October.  I am sure that this fantastic show will be missed by many – it is a fantastic musical and if you haven’t already seen it I would definitely advise you to try and find time to get tickets and go to the Phoenix Theatre before it closes.

The good news is, however, that after more than 10,000 performances in London, making it the third longest running musical ever to play the West End, it will continue to play across the UK in 2013 – check back to regularly to find the details when we have them.

Chicago will close on 1st September, in just over 3 weeks.  We have some brilliant discounts available, with tickets currently selling from £28.50 (please check which seats and the validity before booking). Alternatively you could enjoy theatre and dinner combining tickets for Chicago with pre-theatre dinner at Strand Carvery or Salieri.  The dinner and show packages are valid Monday – Friday evenings only.

Ghost the Musical is another that is a great night out – this film-turned-stage-musical works really well at the Piccadilly Theatre.  The final night will be Saturday 6th October. We currently have some fantastic offers on tickets for Ghost, with savings of up to 40%, plus the option of dinner & show packages with dinner at a choice of Planet Hollywood, Little Sicily or Wheeler’s of St James, with prices currently starting from £45 per person for ticket and dinner. All of our Ghost dinner packages are limited to being valid Monday – Friday evenings only.  We have no information at this time as to what will replace Chicago at the Garrick theatre, but rest assured we will let you know as soon as we have some news!

The summer season for Miss Polly Rae and The Hurly Burly show will come to a sad end on 18th August, so if you want some razzle dazzle in the intimate surroundings of the Duchess Theatre get tickets for a night that will be Naughty, but oh so Nice! In a vast contrast Our Boys will open at the Duchess theatre on 26th September, based on the author’s own army experience.  Different, but perhaps no less compelling or enjoyable, this play – which won a Best New Play Award in 1993 – will star Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films), Laurence Fox (leading part in DS Hathaway on TV).

Of course, the exciting thing about Ghost finishing (if there can be any excitement about a very good show finishing) is that it will be followed at the Piccadilly Theatre by Viva Forever! the musical based on music from the Spice Girls and which previews on 29th November this year.  Tickets have already been big sellers, so if you want to see this show I would advise getting tickets booked soon.

And yet another very successful and entertaining musical, The Wizard of Oz will close on Sunday 2nd September, so you need to get tickets quick – and with the fantastic discounts we now have it will be a value night out. Tickets are priced as low as £13.99, with over 55% saving. However, there are conditions on the discounted tickets, so please check valid days and performances before booking.  The Wizard of Oz will be followed at the London Palladium by Scrooge for the Christmas period.  Tickets are now on sale from 24th October through to 5th January 2013.

I can’t quite believe that Sweeney Todd will come to an end already in September!  The last show will be on 22nd September.  This show was a sell out at the Chichester Festival before moving to the Adelphi in London.  Still starrring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, get to see it quickly before it is replaced by The Bodyguard which is, of course, based on the smash hit film starring Kevin Costner and the late, great Whitney Houston.  The stage musical will star Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen and if nothing else will be a brilliant tribute to those Whitney songs we all love.  The Bodyguard will open at the Adelphi on 6th November 2012.

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Lunchtime with Stephen Fry and Edwin Moses

I cannot believe that anyone has not heard of both Stephen Fry and Edwin Moses!! At lunchtime on 6th August Stephen Fry speaks to Edwin Moses live on stage at the Criterion Theatre.

Edwin Moses is a former American track and field athlete born in 1955 who went on to win Olympic golds at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics in the 400m hurdles. For a remarkable nine years, nine months and nine days, he remained invincible in the 400 metres hurdles, being unbeaten in 122 consecutive races (107 finals). Bounding over the 10 three-foot obstacles, he took an unprecedented 13 steps in between the hurdles instead of the usual 14. His unforgettable style remains the ultimate demonstration of power, speed, and elegance.

In addition to his running, Moses was also an innovative reformer in the areas of Olympic eligibility and drug testing. In 2000, he was elected the first Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an international service organization of world-class athletes.

Edwin Moses, an Olympic Champion, sports administrator, diplomat and businessman, is one of the most respected and recognised athletes of our time. His website talks about The Man, The Icon and The Leader. Edwin Moses is “currently inspiring individuals to achieve personal excellence by harnessing their power of performance, primarily in a corporate context, using the techniques which enabled me to remain unbeaten in the 400m hurdles for 9 years, 9 months and 9 days”. Phenomenal!

Stephen Fry probably needs no introduction at all. He was born in 1957 and attended a large number of educational establishments, including Cambridge University where he met Hugh Laurie, a life long friend and comedy partner.

TV shows inlcude Alfresco, three series of Blackadder, four series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, four series of Jeeves and Wooster, Kingdom, QI and documentaries such as Planet Word, Stephen Fry on Wagner, Last Chance to See, Fry in America, Manic Depression, HIV and Me and many, many others.

Whilst we primarily think of Stephen Fry on TV he made his film debut in The Good Father in 1985 and has made regular film appearances since then including Kenneth Branagh’s Peter’s Friends, and as Oscar Wilde in Wilde. On stage he has performed in Forty Years On, Look Look, the Common Pursuit and Cell Mates and returns to the West End on 2nd November 2012 to play Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Apollo Theatre, London.

Not content with being a TV, film and stage actor Stephen Fry is also a very well published author. His work includes novels, an autobiography, and a book on poetry form.  He also “reads” audio book versions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.

I am certain that this interview will be insightful, inspirational, funny, touching and unbelievably entertaining.

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Lunchtime with Stephen Daldry and Haile Gebrselassie

Lunchtime on 7th August could be spent in the company of film and theatre director Stephen Daldry and Haile Gebrselassie, the two time 10,000 metre Gold medallist.

Live on stage at the Criterion Theatre Stephen Daldry will interview the amazing Haile Gebrselassie.

Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. Born on April 18, 1973 in Asella, Arsi Province, Ethiopia he grew up on a farm and had to run 10 kilometers daily to go to school, which laid the foundation for his running career. His elder brother, Tekeye, is an international marathon runner and his younger brother, Belay, is also a promising runner.

It was in 1992 that he came to the notice of the sporting world when winning the 5000 meters and 10000 meters races at the 1992 Junior World Championships in Seoul. Just one year later he won the World Championships title in the Men’s 10000 meters, and one year after that he set his first world record by running 5000 meter in a time of 12:56.96.

Records continued to fall to Haile when in 1995, he ran the 5000 meters in an astonishing 12:44.39 minutes at Zurich, Switzerland and broke the world record 12:55.30, which was earlier held by Kenya’s Moses Kiptanui. This world record at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich was voted “Performance of the Year” by Track and Field News magazine. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Haile won his first Olympic gold in the 10000 meter race.

In 2000 he won all the events in which he participated and ranked first in 5000 and 10000 meters race category. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics and became the third man in history to successfully defend an Olympic 10000 meters title after Emil Zatopek and Lasse Viren. He declined to take part in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 because of the high levels of air pollution in the city.

Haile Gebrselassie wants to enter politics after retiring from running, but there seems to be no end in sight to his running career – only 4 days ago he “tweeted” that he can’t wait for the Great North Run, one of his favorite half marathons!

Stephen Daldry started his career at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and directed extensively in Britain’s regional theatres. In London he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre where he headed the 26million redevelopment. He has also directed at the National Theatre, the Public Theatre in New York and transferred many productions both to Broadway and The West End. His 1992 National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls is currently touring the UK.

Perhaps his most prolific production is Billy Elliot the Musical which is currently playing at the Victoria Palace Theatre and also on a national tour of the USA, having previously played on Broadway, Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto and Korea. It recently won more Tony awards (10) than any other British show in Broadway history.  Have to say, Billy Elliot is my favourite musical that I have seen in London’s West End – just amazingly moving, educational as well as supremely entertaining.

His four films “Billy Elliot”, “The Hours”, “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” have attracted an astonishing and amazing 19 Academy Award nominations and two wins.

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Lunchtime With Rick Edwards and Kriss Akabusi

First in this unusual series of lunchtime live interviews on stage at the Criterion Theatre is Rick Edwards interviewing Kriss Akabusi.

I think most of us will know that Kriss Akabusi is a multi-award-winning athlete, including a silver Olympic medal in the 4 x 400m relay at the LA Olympics.  However, what not so many of us will know is that he still holds the British record of 47.82 seconds for the 400 m hurdles. We might also have missed that Kriss is a professional speaker, a coach, Chairman of The Akabusi Charitable Trust which works to make a difference in Africa by funding sustainable projects in health, education, water, sanitation & social enterprise and West Ham fan!

Who knows about Rick Edwards? Rick is a Cambridge University graduate, former E4 music host, moving on to present C4′s Freshly Squeezed and then on to be one of the T4 presenting family in 2007. Rick has hosted a range of C4 programmes, including game shows, movie specails, music series, sports programmes and more recently That Paralympic Show and Tool Academy on E4.

Rick is also now devising and starring in Rick And Peter, a sitcom pilot for C4′s Comedy Lab and has a keen interest in the environment, and supported green organisation Global Cool in 2010 as part of their Traincation campaign.

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Lunchtime with Clive Owen and Adrien Niyonshuti

Fancy something a bit different at lunchtime on Friday 10th August at the Criterion Theatre? A live interview on stage where British film star and stage actor Clive Owen talks to Adrien Niyonshuti. Amongst other thinkgs Adrien will be known for in the future will be surviving the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where he sadly lost six of his brothers.

I hear you say, I know who Clive Owen is, but I have no idea who Adrien Niyonshuti is.  If you “google” him you will get his Wiki page, his Facebook page, and the Team Rwanda Cycling Page. In fact it is the the third of these that gives you a clue – Adrien is a mountain biker – the first ever Rwanda mountain biker to qualify for the Olympic Games and who will appear in the Olympics in London 2012.

Adrien began riding a bicycle given to him by his uncle as a teenager. In 2006 he was “spotted” by former professional cyclist Jonathan Boyer during the first Wooden Bike Classic. He went on to ride for the Rwanda national cycling team and subsequently secured a professional contract with Team MTN Energade, (now MTN Qhubeka) beginning in the 2009 professional season and has continued to ride with MTN.

Leading up to the 2012 London Games Adrien has placed 3rd in the African Continental Championships this spring in Mauritius and is currently training with former World Cup Champion, Thomas Frischknecht in Switzerland.

And for those of you who are not quite sure who Clive Owen is (if there are any of you!). My first recollection of Clive Owen is as the actor in Chancer (can’t believe it was as far back as 1990 to 1991 – excellent TV series). He went on to star in Close My Eyes and Croupier.

Awards followed and in 2005 he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the drama Closer and later films include Sin City, Inside Man, Children of Men and The International.  At one time it was suggested he was in the running for taking over the character of James Bond – but Daniel Craig beat him to it!

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