Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is the Broadway sensation that has wowed audiences and critics alike since its arrival at the West End's Aldwych Theatre. Following the tumultuous public and private life of Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Carole KingBeautiful is packed full of smash-hits including "Some King of Wonderful", "I Feel the Earth Move", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and, of course, "Beautiful".

Given the seal of approval by Carole King herself, Beautiful is the award-winning musical that should be seen by all!
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History

Opening in 1905, the Aldwych Theatre was built as part of a pair with the adjacent Waldorf Theatre (now the Novello Theatre) and premiered a Seymour Hicks pantomime named  Blue Bell. Hicks' productions were popular at the theatre and included Bath of Beauty (1906) and The Gay Gordons (1907).

Between the 1920’s to 30’s the Aldwych Theatre was renowned for its ten year season of twelve farces, dubbed The Aldwych Farces. Many of these farces were written by Ben Travers.

Laurence Olivier directed a hugely famous version of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (1949), starring Vivien Leigh. Leigh later went on to play the same role in the 1951 film, scooping an Academy Award in the process.

In the 1960's to 1980's, the Royal Shakespeare Company uses the theatre as their second home, sparking the Aldwych's second golden age. Productions transferred to the Aldwych Theatre from Stratford-upon-Avon, earning wide critical acclaim. Notable performances included The War of The Roses (1965) and Nicholas Nickleby (1979).

By the end of the 20th century, plays began to take a back seat at the Aldwych Theatre, as musicals became the new tradition. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down The Wind (1998) famously took to the stage, followed by Fame – The Musical (2002), which ran at the theatre for four consecutive years. 2006-2011 saw a five-year run of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, which continues to tour the UK.

In 2012, Kenneth Wax's production of Top Hat danced into the venue, winning an Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Closing after one year, Lloyd Webber's new venture Stephen Ward the Musical opened in December 2013. After receiving a mixture of negative reviews, the unfortunate production closed in March, marking just over three months in the West End.

Spring 2014 saw acclaimed productions of Hilary Mantel's popular novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies transfer to the Aldwych, following a sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon. Strictly Come Dancing's Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace danced into the building in their show Dance 'til Dawn, which closed in early 2015.

2015 saw the arrival of Broadway sensation Beautiful: The Carole King Musicalearning several Olivier Awards in the process. Beautiful continues to run at the venue.

Past Shows

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Dance 'til Dawn
(closed 3 Jan 2015)
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Wolf Hall
(closed 2 Oct 2014)
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Bring Up The Bodies
(closed 1 Oct 2014)

 
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Stephen Ward
(closed 29 Mar 2014)
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Top Hat
(closed 26 Oct 2013)