Tonight is the press night for Mr Foote’s Other Leg in London’s West End. The new comedy play by Ian Kelly transferred into the West End last month for a limited 12-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 28th October 2015 to 23rd January 2016. It opens tonight, Wednesday 4th November 2015, after a short preview period that has already been garnering a positive response from audiences. In Georgian London, no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and … [Read more...]
Theatre Royal Haymarket Tickets - Only Fools & Horses Booking Now
Mais ouis, mais ouis, the world may have changed a lot since we first bid a jovial ‘au revoir’ to the Trotters of Peckham, but good ‘ol Del Boy, Rodney and the rest of the gang haven’t changed a bit… well, apart from the odd spontaneous bursting into song here, and the occasional dancing across the market, there.
The landmark, record-breaking and top-rated television series Only Fools and Horses, written by the late, great John Sullivan, undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of the British public. Now John’s son Jim Sullivan has teamed up with comedy giant Paul Whitehouse to write and produce a script and score to honour his father’s legacy; recreating the iconic series into a brand-new, home-grown British Musical spectacular. Lovely Jubbly!
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2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval
Theatre Royal Haymarket
1720 – Built by carpenter John Potter, on the site of the King’s Head and a gunsmith shop. 1729 – Hurlothrumbo performed for 30 nights. During the 1730′s Henry Fielding produced several satires attacking both political parties and the Royal Family which so incensed the government of the day that censorship of plays by the Lord Chamberlain was introduced in 1737 – the act was not revoked until September 1968.
1737 – Under George II the Licensing Act became law, British citizens attended the theatre in large numbers to voice their grievance which caused the riot act to be enforced by the British Grenadiers and resulted in the closure of the theatre.
1794 – Twenty people died and many injured when a large crowd pushed to see His Majesty who was attending an evening performance.
1820/21 – The old Playhouse was closed and a new theatre was erected slightly further to the south, gaining a pleasing view from St James Square. It was designed by the Royal Court Architect John Nash during the remodelling of Regents Park and Regent Street.
1853 – John Baldwin Buckstone becomes a star at the Theatre Royal with 200 successful productions. His life was the theatre and he is still allegedly still haunting staff.
1862 – 400 nights of Our American Cousin with Edward Southern as Lord Dundreary, adding the word ‘dreary’ to the dictionary. John Buckstone clears more than 30,000 pounds profit.
1873 – A new concept is brought to the theatre: 2:00pm Matinees are introduced
1879 – Ownership of the theatre was taken over by the Bancrofts. The auditorium was reconstructed which enclosed the stage in the first complete picture frame proscenium. The abolition of the pit with the introduction of stalls seating separated by plain iron arms set a formidable precedent and caused a small riot.
1881 Lily Langtry made her debut at the theatre.
1893 – The premiere of Oscar Wilde’s first comedy A Woman of No Importance, followed by An Ideal Husband.
1904 – The Theatre closed for relaying of the foundations front of curtain, which were designed by Stanley Peach.
1939 – Overseen by Stuart Watson the stalls bar was excavated, but not completed until 1941 due to the war. John Gielgud produces a repertory season starting with The Circle and Love for Love, followed by Hamlet.
1962 – John Gielgud directs the School for Scandal with Ralph Richardson, Margaret Rutherford, Anna and Daniel Massey. as well as The Tulip Tree with Celia Johnson, John Clemente and Lynn Redgrave.
1981 – Impresario Louis I Michaels dies. The Theatre is owned by Louis I Michaels Ltd, headed by President, Enid Chanelle with Chairman, Arnold M Crook.
1994 – 1.3 million pounds are invested in major refurbishment work consuming twelve hundred books (each containing 25 x 80mm square sheets) of twenty-four carat English gold leaf. There is a refurbishment and reinforcement of the stage roof trusses which were installed in 1821. Art restoration to Joseph Harker’s ceiling and meticulous cleaning of two thousand lead crystals in a central chandelier. New carpet, upholstery, hand blocked wallpapers, marble polishing and air conditioning.
Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband as well as A Woman Of No Importance both premiered here. The theatre has a reputation for presenting high-quality plays – and the actors and actresses who have appeared over the years reads like a who’s who of British theatre.
When you visit the theatre look out for Buckstone, a friend of Charles Dickens and manager of the Haymarket from 1853-1879, whose ghost is allegedly still seen in the auditorium and dressing rooms, watching over his beloved Haymarket.
Venue and Travel Information
Theatre Royal Haymarket
8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube Lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Directions from nearest tube: Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Car Park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets, Wheelchair accessible
Your knee-jerk reaction to taking your seat at the Theatre Royal Haymarket to view 'McQueen' is that you feel uneasy. Our protagonist, artfully depicted by actor Stephen Wight, is pacing up and down the darkened stage before Act One even begins, wringing his hands and rubbing his head. He is troubled and tortured before we've even got stuck in - the accompanying techno music blasting around the auditorium is a strange introduction, but perhaps represents McQueen's racing emotions. The tracks … [Read more...]
I am not, to quote the musical Sunny Afternoon, a “dedicated follower of fashion”, so I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the many costumes used in McQueen, and I am grateful to a fellow audience member who verified that the dresses and designs used throughout the play are of the style that would have been seen in an Alexander McQueen fashion parade. Much of the choreography in this production - neither biographical nor a documentary - is highly sophisticated, and … [Read more...]
What do you get when you cross a compelling true-life story, with superb writing and a truly amazing performance from one of the UK’s foremost female actresses? You get Taken at Midnight currently running at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Hans Litten (Martin Hutson) is a lawyer, and one with a bit of notoriety to his name as during the years 1929-1932 he represented opponents of the Nazi party, their heavy-handed ways of garnering support for their beliefs and their brutish methods of dealing … [Read more...]
Richard Bean’s new play Great Britain is an anarchic, foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. After a successful run at the National Theatre, it has now transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Kellie Shirley, who plays the role of "flat-chested glamour girl called 'Stella Stone", recently took time out to chat about her career and Great Britain. As well as working on stage you have many screen roles. What is the best thing about working in front … [Read more...]
CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE WEST END TRANSFER OF ITS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION ‘TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT’. JONATHAN CHURCH’S PRODUCTION OF MARK HAYHURST’S DEBUT PLAY STARS PENELOPE WILTON RETURNING TO THE WEST END AFTER 5 YEARS THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET PLAYS HOST TO THIS IMPORTANT AND EMOTIONALLY COMPELLING PLAY FOR A LIMITED SEASON OF JUST 9 WEEKS WITH A PRESS NIGHT ON MONDAY JANUARY 26TH. FOR THE FIRST TWELVE PERFORMANCES TICKETS WILL BE £35, £25 AND £15 ONLY Jonathan … [Read more...]
Nicholas Hytner’s production of Richard Bean’s Great Britain will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket following its National Theatre run, with performances commencing 10th September 2014. Public booking will open Friday 4th July, at 9.30am, with bookings through to 10th January 2015. Great Britain is designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti. Casting for the West End run will be … [Read more...]