The Drifters Girl

Queen of Soul and West End leading lady Beverley Knight is set to star in The Drifters Girl, a brand new musical telling the remarkable story of beloved soul group The Drifters, arriving at the Garrick Theatre in November 2021.
Booking from 1 October 2020 until 13 February 2021
Running Time: TBC

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London's Garrick Theatre was the first West End theatre to be named after an actor, opening in April 1889 with The Profligate. Named after acclaimed Shakespeare actor David Garrick, the theatre is built above the underground which means you can occasionally hear trains pass throughout performances. Whilst being built, an underground river was discovered, almost halting the completion of the building.

The Garrick Theatre is best-known for presenting a range of melodramas, comedies and straight plays, including A Pair of Spectacles (1890) which ran at the theatre for five years. The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith (1895) followed and was considered to be rather controversial for its time, due to themes of social radicalism and free love.

Early notable productions included The Wedding Guest (1900), Water Babies (1902) owner W.S Gilbert’s production The Fairy’s Dilemma (1904) and Love On The Dole (1935). The venue continued throughout the Second World War, with Warn That Man (1941), Aren't Men Beasts (1942), She Follows Me About (1943), Madame Louise (1945) and a later production of Born Yesterday (1947), which was directed by Laurence Olivier.

Later productions featured To Dorothy a Son (1951), a two year run of Fings Ain't Wot They Used T’Be (1960), as well as Ira Levin's thriller Deathtrap (1978-1981), No Sex Please, We’re British (1982) which enjoyed a successful four year run at the theatre. The National Theatre’s An Inspector Calls ran at the theatre for 6 years from 1995.

Moving into the 21st century, shows such as This is Our Youth (2002), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2006), Bad Girls: the Musical (2007), Treats (2007) starring Billie Piper, The Hurly Burly Show (2011) and Pygmalion (2011). Hit musical Chicago (2012) opened at the theatre, following a 15 year run at various West End venues. There was a brief stint from new musical Loserville (2012), followed by Rock of Ages (2013).

2014-2015 saw a range of productions pass through the theatre, including Martin Shaw in Twelve Angry Men (2013-2014), Horrible Histories (2015), Broadway's The Scottsboro Boys (2015), which transferred from the Young Vic, and Beatles' tribute Let It Be (2015).

Between 2015 and 2016, the Garrick Theatre hosted the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, who presented a total of five critically-acclaimed shows throughout the course of the year, winning the Lebedev Award at the Evening Standard Awards 2016. Productions included The Winter's Tale, starring Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth BranaghHarlequinade, starring Zoe WanamakerRomeo and Juliet, starring Lily James, Richard Madden and later Freddie Fox, The Painkiller, starring Rob Brydon and The Entertainer, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Political thriller This House rounded off 2016, playing in rep with children's show Potted Panto. 2017 saw Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack and Mathew Horne star in The Miser, followed by comedy sensation Tape Face and the stage adaptation of David Walliams' novel Gangsta Granny. Birmingham Stage Company's Horrible Histories - More Best of Barmy Britain delighted 2017 summer audiences, followed by the European premiere of Mel Brooks' Broadway musical comedy, Young Frankenstein.

2018 saw Young Frankenstein come to a close, and stand-up show Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room enjoy a limited run. The RSC's production of Don Quixote arrived at the venue, starring David Threlfall and Rufus Hound.

In 2019 jukebox musical Rip It Up: The '60s, starring Harry Judd of McFly and Olympian Louis Smith played, alongside Adam Kay's award-winning stand-up show This is Going to Hurt - Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, which continues to play select performances through 2020. In June, new David Mamet play Bitter Wheat played at the theatre for a limited summer engagement, starring legendary actor John Malkovich. In the summer, science entertainment show Brainiac Live! delighted young and old in matinee shows.

In September 2019, classic British farce Noises Off, starring Meera Syal, Daniel RigbyLloyd Owen and Sarah Hadland, transferred to the Garrick after an acclaimed run at the Lyric Hammersmith. In January 2020, Adam Kay returned to the Garrick with for six performances of This is Going to Hurt. Following this, comedian Frank Skinner brought his hugely successful stand-up show, Showbiz to the venue for a strictly limited five-week run.

Past Shows

City of Angels
(closed 14 Mar 2020)
Frank Skinner - Showbiz
(closed 15 Feb 2020)
Adam Kay - This Is Going To Hurt
(closed 11 Jan 2020)

Noises Off
(closed 4 Jan 2020)
Bitter Wheat OT Small
Bitter Wheat
(closed 21 Sep 2019)
Brainiac Live!
(closed 1 Sep 2019)

Rip It Up OT Small
Rip It Up - The 60s
(closed 2 Jun 2019)
Adam Kay OT Small
Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt
(closed 27 May 2019)
Don Quixote
(closed 2 Feb 2019)

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room
(closed 13 Oct 2018)
Young Frankenstein
(closed 25 Aug 2018)

Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doc
(closed 29 May 2018)