Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls transfers from the Savoy Theatre to the Phoenix Theatre whilst simultaneously touring the UK from March 2016. The West End production opens 19 March and is booking until 30 October whilst the UK tour will run simultaneously, opening in Liverpool on 16 March and touring throughout the UK until 30th July, closing in Woking. Full cast details for both productions to be announced.
Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?
A joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and captured the optimism and energy of post-World War Two America. This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical, based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s greatest musical numbers including ‘My Time of Day’, ‘Luck be a Lady’ and the show-stopping ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’. Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain.
The music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser, whose credits include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’. The book is by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Burrows’ credits include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Swerling’s credits include the seminal film It’s A Wonderful Life.
Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon.
Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser.
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Director: Gordon Greenberg
Designer: Peter McKintosh
Choreography: Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright
Musical Supervisor, Musical Director
and Dance Arrangements: Gareth Valentine
Orchestrator: Larry Blank
Lighting Designer: Tim Mitchell
Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis
Casting Director: Pippa Ailion
UK tour Casting: Anne Vosser
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Guys and Dolls is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions, Richard Darbourne Ltd and Tulchin Bartner Productions.
Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0JP
19th March – booking until 30th October 2015
Performance Times: Wednesday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm
UK Tour Details
Liverpool Empire, Liverpool
16 March – 19 March 2016
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
22 March – 2 April 2016
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
5 April – 9 April 2016
The Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh
12 April – 16 April 2016
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
19 April – 23 April 2016
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
26 April – 30 April 2016
Theatre Royal, Norwich
3 May – 7 May 2016
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
17 May – 21 May 2016
Grand Theatre, Leeds
24 May – 28 May 2016
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
31 May – 4 June 2016
King’s Theatre, Glasgow
07 June – 11 June 2016
Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
14 June – 18 June 2016
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
21 June – 25 June 2016
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
28 June – 2 July 2016
New Theatre, Cardiff
5 July – 9 July 2016
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol
12 July – 16 July
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
19 July – 23 July 2016
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
26 July – 30 July m2016
Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Tube Lines: Central, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: Take Tottenham Court Road south (towards Leicester Square) and the theatre will be on your left after 100 metres.
Railway Station: Euston
Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 29, 176; (Shaftesbury Avenue) 19, 38
Night Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176 N29, N41, N279; (Shaftesbury Avenue) N5, N19, N20, N38
Car Park: Chinatown
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop and Toilets
The Phoenix Theatre London
While the elevation of this theatre which fronts onto Charing Cross Road looks somewhat simplistic, the art deco interior which was designed by the Russian director and designer Theodore Komisarjevsky is superb. In the 1970′s the entrance to the theatre was moved from Charing Cross Road to Phoenix Street, while the Advance Box Office is half-way between the two in Charing Cross Road.
In 1986 part of the adjacent car park, which had been a former bomb site, was used to build a cinema, and this has now been demolished to make way for residential development. Karl Marx once lived in the building which is one of the oldest in Soho. But its claim to fame in the 20th century was as “Leoni’s Quo Vadis”, one of London’s most respected Italian restaurants founded in the 1930s by Peppino Leoni.
The charm of the ground floor restaurant with its stained glass windows and relatively simple interior has been restored and a menu devised whose range and quality have won instant acclaim. The striking works of art displayed within the restaurant are created in honour to such luminaries as Lucio Fontana and Alberto Giacometti.