I do not know quite where to begin with my review for Rock of Ages at the Garrick Theatre. It’s rather like stepping into a twilight zone of rocking ridiculousness and Poptastic party mayhem! I have come to the conclusion that the writers and the director must have a screw loose - but only in the best way you can possibly imagine. It could be more aptly titled “Carry on Rock Panto Party” as the similarities between it and our beloved British tradition are too many to mention. I smiled and … [Read more...]
Garrick Theatre London Tickets for Noises Off
The Drifters Girl
The Queen of British Soul and West End leading lady BEVERLEY KNIGHT stars in the world premiere of a brand new musical – THE DRIFTERS GIRL.
Coming to the West End Autumn 2020, discover the remarkable story of THE DRIFTERS, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them.
Booking from 1st October 2020 to 13th February 2021
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Tube Lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: (2 minutes) Go along Charing Cross Road parallel to Leicester Square until you reach the theatre on your left.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car Park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air-conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
The Garrick Theatre London
The Garrick Theatre was designed by Walter Emden, and C J Phipps as a consultant to help with the planning on this site which included an underground river.
The theatre was built for W S Gilbert, who was responsible for the book and lyrics of all Savoy Operas with Sir Arthur Sullivan. The theatre opened on 24th April, 1889 and was named after David Garrick, an 18th Century actor. The theatre has retained its Victorian aspects. Sir John Hare produced and starred in The Profligate with Johnston Forbes Robertson and Lewis Waller in 1889.
When first built the theatre had 800 seats on four levels, but since then the gallery has been closed and the seating capacity reduced to 656. The gold leaf auditorium was restored in 1986 by the designer Carl Toms and in 1997 the front facade also had a facelift. The theatre has largely been associated with comedies or comedy-dramas.
Recent productions include a No Sex Please We’re British, which then transferred to the Duchess Theatre in August 1986. On 24th October 1995 the Royal National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls opened here, having played successful seasons at the RNT’s Lyttelton and Olivier theatres as well as the Aldwych Theatre and a season on Broadway.
It was announced in October that the jukebox musical Rock of Ages was to close at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 6th January 2013 before moving to another West End venue. Yesterday, it was confirmed that the show will be replacing Loserville at the Garrick Theatre, re-opening there on 18th January 2013. The Broadway musical, which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 28th September 2011, is an ‘arena-rock love story’ which features a host of classic '80s rock songs such as ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’, … [Read more...]
Not really a review of Loserville... It’s undeniable that popular culture is having a geek chic period. The Big Bang Theory with its lovable geeks on television, the vast amount of superhero movies, and now Loserville, a new musical about geeks in the early 70s. Loserville is your fairly standard jocks vs nerds story, with the ultimate message that you should be who you are and someone will love you for it. It’s hardly subtle, with a lead character named Michael Dork you can’t really expect … [Read more...]
Burlesque is having a rebirth. No longer is the art of strip tease and pole dancing performed in secret, behind the closed doors of ‘Gentlemen Only’ clubs, but it is becoming the 21st century, twenty-something girl’s choice if leisure, fitness and confidence building. It, of course, wouldn’t be long before London’s West End caught up with this craze and produced a West End style burlesque show to brighten up a grey, breezy March evening. Miss Polly Rae is the headliner, followed dutifully by … [Read more...]