London 409-412 Strand, London WC2R 0NS
Broadway sensation Kinky Boots returns to the land where it’s story is set. Based on the classic British film of the same name the story centres on a young man who saves his father’s failing shoe factory with the help of a drag queen name Lola. The Tony Award winning show features music and lyrics by pop star Cyndi Lauper.
The Adelphi Theatre is an exceptional example of Art Deco design situated directly on the Strand. The theatre was restored in 1993 and has been the home to some prolific musicals and plays, most recently the hit revival of Chicago which played for over 8 years. Despite the stunning architecture the theatre is notoriously tricky in terms of seating, and so it is worthwhile investing some time to find the perfect place to sit. Seat prices vary across all levels due to obstructions and overhangs, but the best value for money is often hidden away. The theatre is split over three levels, with the two tiers set firmly back from the stalls. Best seats are towards the centre of each row, especially for visual musicals that are often shown in the house.
The Dress Circle provides some spectacular views, especially if you can sit close to the middle. Try the second or third row back and you will be able to see all of the action perfectly. If you are seeing a play you will be better off in the Stalls, as it is easier to catch the detail in the actors' expressions.
The front row of the Upper Circle is often discounted. If you can put up with limited leg room and want a clear view of the stage it is certainly worth a look. Make sure you go for the middle of the row first!
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Whose Line is it Anyway? Live
Made in Dagenham
It’s the new British musical everyone’s talking about, based on the 2010 film of the same name. Set in Essex in the 1960’s the female machinists in the Ford Factory will take their fight for equal pay all the way to parliament and start a revolution. Directed by Rupert Goold and starring Gemma Arterton.
The Bodyguard musical receives its world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre, with Tony-Award winner Heather Headley in the classic Whitney Houston role. The use of projections ensures a good view for much of the auditorium, but seats in the front of the stalls or dress circle in the cavernous theatre are recommended.
Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball star in Chichester’s acclaimed revival of Sondheim’s gruesome musical. Sweeney Todd returns to London to seek revenge on those that have wronged him. He teams up with landlady Mrs Lovett and Todd’s victims become filling for her pies.
One Man, Two Guvnors
Hot off the back of a successful run at the National Theatre comes Richard Bean’s updated version of classic Italian farce The Servant of Two Masters. Set in 1960’s Brighton Francis Henshall must keep his two guvnors apart to avoid disaster with hilarious consequences.