David Baddiel - My Family: Not the Sitcom

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Following an incredibly successful run at the Vaudeville Theatre, David Baddiel – My Family: Not the Sitcom returns to the West End, opening at the Playhouse Theatre for a limited season. A self-described hilariously disrespectful celebration of the lives of his late mother Sarah and dementia-ridden father, Colin, Baddiel examines why when family members die, we only have good things to say about them…
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Booking from 28 March 2017 until 3 June 2017

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History

Originally opening in 1882 as the Royal Avenue Theatre, the theatre was best-known for hosting comic operas, farce, music hall and burlesque, with the first ever production being Offenbach's Madame Favart. Playwright George Bernard Shaw made his debut at the theatre with Arms and the Man (1894), earning him enough acclaim to keep him in the public eye.

In 1905, the theatre was rebuilt under new designs, but an accident from the nearby station caused the theatre to undergo repairs and reopen in 1907, with The Drums of Oudh and Toddles, as well as Shaw's The Interlude at the Playhouse. Early plays included Home and Beauty (1919), Mr. Abdulla (1926), The Letter (1927) and Dishonoured Lady (1930). Alec Guinness made his debut at the theatre in Libe! (1934).

From 1951, The Playhouse became a recording studio for the BBC, with radio versions of The Goon Show and Steptoe and Son taking place at the venue. Concerts from bands such as Queen, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, KISS, The Who and The Rolling Stones also were popular here. After the BBC departed in 1976, the theatre went dark.

1987 saw the theatre back in action, with productions such as musical Girlfriends (1987), The Rose Tattoo (1991), starring Julie Walters, Moliere's Tartuffe (1991), starring Felicity Kendal, It Runs in the Family (1992), Jane Eyre (1993), starring Tim Piggott-Smith, On Approval (1994) and Funny Money (1995). Throughout this time, the theatre changed management regularly, with further productions including dramas such as Ibsen's A Doll's House (1996).

In 1996, English Heritage put the theatre under refurbishment, reopening in 1997 with Chekhov's The Wood Demon, before becoming a receiving house for the Almeida Theatre and Cheek by Jowl, including the premiere of David Hare's The Judas Kiss.

In recent years, successes have included Chekhov's Three Sisters (2003), starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Vincent in Brixton (2003), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2003-2004), Journey's End (2004), Romeo and Juliet (2004-2005), an RSC season (2005), The Postman Always Rings Twice (2005), As You Desire Me (2005-2006), starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Bob Hoskins, The Creeper (2006), My Name is Rachel Corrie (2006), by Alan Rickman, The Rocky Horror Show (2006), Dancing in the Streets (2006-2007), Footloose - the Musical (2007) and The Adventures of Tintin (2007-2008).

Later notable musical successes have included La Cage aux Folles (2008-2010), starring Douglas Hodge and Graham Norton, Dreamboats and Petticoats (2010-2012), Simon Callow's The Mystery of Charles Dickens (2012), Monty Python's Spamalot (2012-2014), Lindsay Lohan in Speed-the-Plow (2014), a critically-acclaimed new production of 1984 (2014), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2015), starring Tamsin Greig and The Rocky Horror Show (2015), starring David Bedella and Ben Forster.

Recent productions have featured Michael Flatley's last production, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (2015-2016), Matthew Perry's The End of Longing (2016) and the return of 1984 (2016). J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls opened to acclaim in 2016, continuing for an extended period to 2017.

Past Shows

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An Inspector Calls
(closed 23 Mar 2017)
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1984
(closed 29 Oct 2016)
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The End of Longing
(closed 14 May 2016)

 
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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
(closed 24 Jan 2016)
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1984
(closed 5 Sep 2015)

 
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Speed-the-Plow
(closed 29 Nov 2014)
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Spamalot
(closed 12 Apr 2014)
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The Mystery of Charles Dickens
(closed 3 Nov 2012)