Strictly Ballroom

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Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie directs and choreographs Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical, which comes to the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre, starring Will Young, Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen. After a hugely successful revival at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, the production is based on Luhrmann’s 1992 film of the same name, which follows competitive ballroom dancer Scott as he defies the rules to follow his heart.
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Booking until 21 July 2018

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

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David Wood’s Olivier Award-nominated production of Judith Kerr’s charming children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the West End to celebrate its 10th anniversary on stage at the Piccadilly Theatre. When a giant tiger arrives on Sophie’s doorstep, how will she possibly find enough food to feed his insatiable appetite?
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Booking from 28 June 2018 until 9 September 2018
Running Time: 55 minutes

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Box Office:0844 871 7630
Access Booking:0844 871 7677
Group Booking:020 7206 1174
Stage Door:020 7478 8800

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History

First opening in 1928, the Piccadilly established itself as a major theatrical venue with a production of Jerome Kern's Blue Eyes, starring Evelyn Lane, one of the most acclaimed actresses of the period. Briefly taken over by Warner Brothers in the early years, the Piccadilly hosted the UK's first ever talking picture, The Singing Fool.

In 1929, the venue reverted back to a theatre, housing The Student Prince (1929) and Folly to be Wise (1931). Following a brief stint as a cabaret restaurant, the theatre re-opened as the London Casino in 1936, hosting lavish stage extravaganzas. Unfortunately, the theatre was damaged by a bomb during the Second World War and was closed for renovations.

The 1950's saw the theatre restored and once again hosting prolific plays, revues and musicals. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Streetcar Named Desire and Man of La Mancha made their debuts at the theatre throughout the 1960's and 70's. In 1964, The Beatles recorded a number of songs for a radio show, whilst 1976 saw Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton's musical Very Good Eddie run for 411 performances.

From 1986, the Piccadilly became the host of ITV variety show Live From the Piccadilly, with Jimmy Tarbuck, followed by seasons of dance and ballet, including Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.

Throughout the 21st century, the theatre earned its name on the West End, housing a string of hit musicals, including Ragtime (2003), starring Maria Friedman, Noises Off (2003), Jumpers (2003-2004), Jailhouse Rock - The Musical (2004-2005), Guys and Dolls (2005-2007), which starred a number of names at different times, such as Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski, Jenna Russell, Douglas Hodge, Nigel Harman, Patrick Swayze, Ben Richards, Sally Ann Triplett, Neil Morrissey and many more.

Further notable productions include Grease (2007-2011), starring Siobhan Dillon and Ray Quinn, Ghost the Musical (2011-2012), starring Richard Fleeshman, Jennifer Saunders' Viva Forever! (2012-2013) and Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage (2013-2014).

In recent years, the Piccadilly Theatre has played host to Jersey Boys (2014), which transferred over from the Prince Edward Theatre and continued to play to packed out audiences until March 2017.

Following the departure of musical sensation Jersey Boys, which embarks on a UK tour, the Piccadilly plays host to the return of Russian company Sovremennik Theatre, who play limited performances of Three Comrades, Two for the Seesaw and Three Sisters. May 2017 sees beloved musical Annie revived at the theatre, directed by Nikolai Foster and starring Miranda Hart, Craig Revel Horwood and Meera Syal as the harridan Miss Hannigan.

With Annie closing in February 2018, the new year sees Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom come to the stage.

Past Shows

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Annie
(closed 18 Feb 2018)
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Three Sisters
(closed 13 May 2017)
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Two for the Seesaw
(closed 9 May 2017)

 
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Three Comrades
(closed 6 May 2017)
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Jersey Boys
(closed 26 Mar 2017)
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Dirty Dancing
(closed 23 Feb 2014)

 
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Viva Forever!
(closed 29 Jun 2013)
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Ghost The Musical
(closed 6 Oct 2012)