For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy tickets
Ryan Calais Cameron’s Olivier Award-nominated play For Black Boys returns to the West End following its sold-out season in spring 2023. This exhilarating show about six Black men who meet in therapy is a brilliant mix of verse, movement, music and storytelling that has audiences raving and critics handing out 5-star reviews. It has gone from strength to strength, starting at the small New Diorama Theatre, and now plays six weeks at the Garrick Theatre. Book early and do not miss this “landmark” (The Telegraph) production.
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Booking until 1 June 2024

Boys from the Blackstuff

Boys from the Blackstuff tickets
Alan Bleasdale’s landmark television series is adapted into a “blistering” (Financial Times) play by Olivier Award-winner James Graham (Sherwood). Four decades since it aired on the small screen, this vivid story of working-class Liverpudlians is as powerful as ever on stage, in a production that sold out every performance of its world premiere at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre. It plays at the Garrick Theatre, London for a strictly limited season. 
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Booking from 13 June 2024 until 3 August 2024

Why Am I So Single?

Why Am I So Single? tickets
Two of the hottest names in the industry, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, have done it again with their newest show Why Am I So Single? The writers behind the smash-hit musical, SIX, are bringing their latest work to the Garrick Theatre this summer. Focusing on the modern triumphs and downfalls of online dating, the big fancy musical surrounds two besties and their big dilemma: how are they single when they’re so fun and interesting?! The musical is set to be popular, so book your tickets now.
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Booking from 27 August 2024 until 13 February 2025

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History

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.

In March 2020 a revival of the musical City of Angels began performances but was forced to close early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Garrick Theatre reopened with a season of socially-distanced shows, including Death Drop, Potted Panto and dance extravaganza Here Come the Boys

During the summer of 2021, a musical adaptation of David Walliams' Billionaire Boy opened at the theatre. Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed musical The Last Five Years transferred to the theatre in September.

The London premiere of the brand new musical The Drifters Girl, starring Beverley Knight, opened in November 2021 and closed in October 2022. The Horrible Histories gang brought their latest show to the West End, Terrible Tudors, for a run of performances during the 2022 summer holidays, followed by Rob Madge's acclaimed autobiographical show My Son's a Queer (But What Can You Do?) and drag murder mystery Death Drop: Back in the Habit. In December 2022 an exciting new version of Virginia Woolf's Orlando opened at the Garrick starring Emma Corrin. Cult hit musical Bonnie & Clyde followed in March 2023, and Eddie Izzard - Great Expectations until July. Over summer 2023 The Crown Jewels starring Al Murray, and Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors played at the venue, followed by a transfer of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamnet in September and The Gruffalo's Child in December.

In 2024, Olivier Award-nominated play For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide returns to the West End for a six-week season at the Garrick Theatre, alongside Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon starring Bridgerton's Charithra Chandran.

In June 2024, James Graham's acclaimed stage adaptation of Boys from the Blackstuff transfers to the Garrick after sold-out seasons at Liverpool Royal Court and the National Theatre. In August 2024, the creators of smash-hit musical SIX will be debuting their newest work, Why Am I So Single?

Past Shows

Hamnet
Hamnet
(closed 17 Feb 2024)
The Gruffalo's Child
The Gruffalo's Child
(closed 7 Jan 2024)

 
The Crown Jewels
The Crown Jewels
(closed 16 Sep 2023)
Eddie Izzard - Great Expectations
Eddie Izzard - Great Expectations
(closed 1 Jul 2023)

 
Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie & Clyde
(closed 20 May 2023)
Orlando
Orlando
(closed 25 Feb 2023)
The Drifters Girl
The Drifters Girl
(closed 15 Oct 2022)

 
The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years
(closed 17 Oct 2021)
Billionaire Boy
Billionaire Boy
(closed 22 Aug 2021)