Rip It Up - The 60s

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A celebration of movement and music in the most psychedelic of eras, Rip It Up – The 60s makes its home in the West End for a limited run following a UK tour. Witness Harry Judd, Louis Smith, Aston Merrygold, and Jay McGuinness in this soul-lifting show when it comes to the West End’s Garrick Theatre.
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Booking until 2 June 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 20 mins (including interval)

Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt

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Award-winning comedian Adam Kay brings his stand-up show based on his time as a junior doctor to the Garrick Theatre. Full of funny songs, gory hospital stories, and first-hand observations, this show will make you laugh, squirm, and learn what working in the NHS is really like.
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Booking from 6 May 2019 until 28 May 2019
Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval)

Bitter Wheat

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The world premiere of a new David Mamet play comes to the Garrick Theatre London in June for a limited engagement. Bitter Wheat is written in response to the Weinstein allegations and stars legendary actor John Malkovich.
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Booking from 20 June 2019 until 14 September 2019

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 will play, starring Harry Judd of McFly and Olympian Louis Smith. Alongside this, Adam Kay's award-winning stand-up show This is Going to Hurt - Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor plays in the spring. In June, new David Mamet play Bitter Wheat will play at the theatre for a limited summer engagement, starring legendary actor John Malkovich.

Past Shows

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Don Quixote
(closed 2 Feb 2019)
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Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room
(closed 13 Oct 2018)
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Young Frankenstein
(closed 25 Aug 2018)

 

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

 
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Tape Face
(closed 22 Jul 2017)
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The Miser
(closed 3 Jun 2017)

 
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This House
(closed 25 Feb 2017)
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Potted Panto
(closed 15 Jan 2017)
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The Entertainer
(closed 12 Nov 2016)