Death Drop

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RuPaul's Drag Race will collide with Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie in this brand new, hilarious murder mystery Death Drop. This side-splitting new comedy will sashay into the Garrick Theatre, London this Christmas. Fans of drag and crime will both find plenty to enjoy in this play, from sassy gags, plenty of wigs, and shocking twists at every turn. Death Drop will make the perfect alternative festive night out.
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Booking from 3 December 2020 until 17 January 2021

Potted Panto

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Potted Panto, the spectacular Olivier Award-nominated show created by CBBC's Dan and Jeff, returns to the Garrick Theatre London for a socially-distanced run. Potted Panto is one of several Potted shows that have been entertaining audiences over the past 10 years, including Potted Potter, Potted Sherlock and Potted Pirates This wildly entertaining show crams seven pantomimes into 70 action-packed minutes. If you're looking to get your Panto fix in 2020, or looking for a bargain way to see Britain's favourite pantos, Potted Panto is the perfect choice. 
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Booking from 5 December 2020 until 10 January 2021
Run time is 70 minutes (without an interval)

Here Come The Boys

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A host of Strictly Come Dancing’s superstar professional dancers will fight to be crowned the ‘King of the Dance’ in this extraordinary new production at the Garrick Theatre, London from January 2021.  Strictly fans will delight in watching professional favourites Aljaž Škorjanec, Pasha Kovalev, Robin Windsor and Graziano di Prima, alongside a host of incredible dancers from every corner of the globe. If that wasn't enough, 2019 Celebrity finalist, Karim Zeroual, will host the show. Don't wait, waltz your way down to the West End to see this unmissable dance spectacle.
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Booking from 27 January 2021 until 15 May 2021
Run time is Approx 2 hours (including interval)

The Drifters Girl

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Queen of Soul and West End royalty Beverley Knight will play the lead in brand new musical The Drifters Girl. This new show, arriving at the Garrick Theatre London in November 2021, tells the spectacular story of beloved soul group The Drifters and their relationship with legendary manager Faye Treadwell. This new musical will feature a host of iconic songs, including “Stand By Me”, “Save The Last Dance for Me”, “Saturday Night at the Movies”, and “Under the Boardwalk”.
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Booking from 4 November 2021 until 26 March 2022

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:0330 333 4811
Access Booking:0330 333 4815
Group Booking:0330 333 4811
Stage Door:020 7520 5690
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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 will reopen in December 2020 with a season of socially-distanced shows, including Death Drop, Potted Panto and dance extravaganza Here Come the BoysThe planned London premiere of new musical The Drifters Girl has been postponed to October 2021.

Past Shows

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City of Angels
(closed 14 Mar 2020)
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Frank Skinner - Showbiz
(closed 15 Feb 2020)
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Noises Off
(closed 4 Jan 2020)

 
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Bitter Wheat
(closed 21 Sep 2019)
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Brainiac Live!
(closed 1 Sep 2019)
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Rip It Up - The 60s
(closed 2 Jun 2019)

 
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Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt
(closed 27 May 2019)
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Don Quixote
(closed 2 Feb 2019)
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Young Frankenstein
(closed 25 Aug 2018)

 
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Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt
(closed 19 Mar 2018)
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Gangsta Granny
(closed 3 Sep 2017)