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All-Star Comedy Benefit for Jim Tavare

A stellar line-up of comedians join forces in an All-Star Comedy Benefit for Jim Tavare, the comedian who was recently involved in a serious car crash in Los Angeles. Playing a one-off performance at the Lyric Theatre London, twelve hilarious stand-ups get together for a riotous night of comedy!

Acts include the hilarious Harry Hill, best known for his television ventures, alongside Stewart Lee, Paul Chowdhry, Dave Johns, Arthur Smith, Zoe Lyons, Hal Cruttenden, Gina Yashere and the inimitable Jo Brand. Further acts are Mock the Week regulars Milton Jones and Dara O Briain, as well as QI and Jonathan Creek’s Alan Davies and Paul Zerdin, who recently starred in Cinderella at the London Palladium.

Jim Tavare is the English stand-up comedian and actor, well-known for his role as Tom in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. A regular Royal Variety performer, Tavare co-wrote and starred in the BAFTA-winning ITV show The Sketch Show, with further television appearances including The Jim Tavare Show, Californication and Pudsey: The Movie.

The London show follows similar fundraisers held in California and Manchester, with well-known comedians flocking to lend their support. Catch the hilarious All-Star Comedy Benefit for Jim Tavare at the West End’s Lyric Theatre for one night only, on Monday 12th June 2017.

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Acts include Harry Hill, Stewart Lee, Milton Jones, Paul Zerdin, Alan Davies, Paul Chowdhry, Dave Johns, Arthur Smith, Zoe Lyons, Hal Cruttenden, Dara O’Briain, Gina Yashere and Jo Brand, with further acts to be announced.

Show Lengths and Times

The All-Star Benefit for Jim Tavare comes to the Lyric Theatre London for a one-off performance on Monday 12th June 2017 at 7:30pm.

Show running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The All-Star Benefit for Jim Tavare is recommended for those aged 18 and up.

Tickets

Tickets for the All-Star Benefit for Jim Tavare at the Lyric Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them by visiting NimaxTheatres.com.

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The Simon & Garfunkel Story

After phenomenal success following a worldwide tour, international smash-hit The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to London’s West End for strictly limited performances. As part of a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the incredible duo, the acclaimed musical show plays at the Lyric Theatre.

Originally forming in 1957 as Tom & Jerry, Simon & Garfunkel went on to become one of the most iconic folk rock groups in the world. The Simon & Garfunkel Story immerses audiences in the 1960’s, revealing the incredible journey of musicians Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, charting their monumental highs and heart-breaking lows. Rocketing from humble beginnings to worldwide superstars and reaching a difficult break-up, the story lets audiences in on the band’s astonishing backstory.

Culminating with their dazzling 1981 Central Park reformation concert, the show lets audiences relive the best of Simon & Garfunkel’s musical moments, justifying their incredible ten Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Tap along to chart hits including “Mrs Robinson”, “The Sound of Silence”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and many more!

The Simon & Garfunkel Story captures the duo’s legendary story and back catalogue of songs in a fantastic production originally directed by David Beck. With new direction by Dean Elliot, the show features a full live band, brass ensemble and actual video footage and newsreels, documenting the band’s journey.

Returning to London after an initial run at the Leicester Square Theatre in 2015, as well as a subsequent sold-out UK tour and shows in Sydney and Seattle, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is the internationally heralded production playing limited performances at London’s Lyric Theatre.

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The Simon & Garfunkel Story is produced by Maple Tree Entertainment Limited and is originally directed by David Beck. The new production is directed by Dean Elliot (Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story), with musical supervision by Dean Elliot. The popular production also features sound design by Graham Penn and Chris Crowther (Electric Pulse Productions), lighting design by Nik Ryal and Dean Elliot and video design by Josh Woods (Feature Phonic Limited).

Casting includes Sam O’Hanlon (Jackie the Musical) as Paul Simon and Charles Blyth as Art Garfunkel. The band features Leon Camfield (Bass), Adam Smith (Electric Guitar/Keyboards) and Mat Swales (Drums).

Show Lengths and Times

The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to the Lyric Theatre London for limited performances on Mondays on the following dates: November 6th and December 4th 2017, as well as January 22nd, February 26th and March 26th 2018. Performances are all at 7:30pm.

Show running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Simon & Garfunkel is suitable for all ages.

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WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards

Find out who will be crowned the winner of the esteemed WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2017, at a one-off ceremony at the Lyric Theatre! Following a series of competitive heats, the finalists take to the stage on April 10th to impress the judges.

Featuring only ten performers from an original group of 44, the night will see the finalists perform 8 minutes of their musical comedy acts, with a series of industry professionals voting for the winner. There’s also the opportunity to win the Audience Favourite Award for the act that received the best audience reaction, as well as a performance opportunity from the Best Newcomer.

Beginning in 2009 and founded by Ed Chappel, the MCA’s were set up to encourage and promote emerging talent in the musical comedy industry. Now entering its eighth year, the awards are recognised as one of the most prestigious outings of the year. The MCA’s have provided a platform for renowned acts such as Frisky & Manish, Abandoman and Jay Foreman.

Hosted by Tina T’urner Tea Lady, the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards will be a riotous celebration of the UK’s finest up-and-coming musical comedians! Expect to laugh until you cry at a night that is bursting with talent!

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Confirmed acts for the finals are yet to be announced, but competitors include Thom Milner, Matt Hutson, Gwilum Argos, Daniel Fraser, Mr Spooky, Will Hislop, Isobel Roge, Professor Jack Darcy, Sarah Mills, Teresa Livingstone, Les Beaux Idiots, Jamie D’Souza, Charlie Partridge, Kirsty Mann, James Wilson-Taylor, Riona O’Connor, Vicky Arlidge, Rasputin’s Lunchbox, Kevin Davidson and Dan Attfield.

Additional performers include Gavin Milnthorpe, Fritz Frizzle, Ariane Sherine, ShitStorM, Tom Taylor, Vicky Gould, Thomas Hind, Harry Garrison, Two Plus Ones, Rosie Holt, Hassan Dervish, Jeff Japers, Luka Antony, Hurt & Anderson, Lolly Jones, MC Cashback, Katie Pritchard, Steve Whitely, Jason Simmons, David Hoare, Bennet Kavanagh, Barnaby Griffin, Danny Macleod and Jenny B Side.

Show Lengths and Times

The WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards plays one performance at the Lyric Theatre London on Monday 10th April 2017. This is the final round of the competition, with previous heats performing at other venues.

Show running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards is recommended for those aged 14 and up.

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What the Ladybird Heard

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‘charming, well-paced and gently interactive’

‘clever and sophisticated theatre, with real imagination, and a total delight to observe’

‘thoroughly entertaining’

Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ much-loved children’s book comes to life at the Lyric Theatre London, bringing farmyard fun to the West End! Opening at the theatre for a limited summer season beginning July 5th 2017, What the Ladybird Heard is guaranteed to thrill families of theatregoers!

A glittering tale packed full of fun, What the Ladybird Heard follows two crafty robbers, one very small ladybird and all of her farmyard friends! When Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len devise a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s best prize cow, the little Ladybird comes up with a whole new plan of her own!

Join a variety of fluffy, snuffly creatures at the Lyric Theatre, from the woolly sheep to the hairy hog, the fat red and hen and the dainty dog! Packed full of colour, amazing puppetry, live music and audience participation that will engage families of all ages, What the Ladybird Heard is the vibrant new stage show that promises to bring laughter and lots of fun.

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What the Ladybird Heard is written by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo) and Lydia Monks. Directed by Graham Hubbard (The Caucasian Chalk Circle), the production features design by Bek Palmer and lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, with original compositions and sound design by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for JollyGoodTunes.

Casting is yet to be announced.

Show Lengths and Times

What the Ladybird Heard opens at the Lyric Theatre London on July 5th and plays a summer season until September 10th 2017. Performances are at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 2pm on different days. Please check the date and time when booking.

Show running time is 55 minutes, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

What the Ladybird Heard is ideally suited to families, with a rough age recommendation for those 3 and up.

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The Gruffalo’s Child

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No Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood…

Fresh from the incredible West End success of The Gruffalo, Tall Stories adapts Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s sequel into a magical stage production that will enchant any young theatregoer. Featuring plenty of music, interactive songs, laughter and scary fun, The Gruffalo’s Child is guaranteed to be a monster hit.

It is said that no Gruffalo should ever go into the deep, dark wood, because the Big Bad Mouse could be waiting around any corner! One wild and windy night, the very brave Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warnings and sneaks out into the snow. Quickly, she spots some mysterious tracks and follows them… After all, the Big Bad Mouse can’t really exist!

Originally an award-winning children’s picture-book, The Gruffalo’s Child is the sequel to the beloved The Gruffalo, which follows Mouse as she encounters several scary creatures – including the Gruffalo itself! Having achieved tremendous West End success, with seasonal runs at the Vaudeville and Lyric Theatre, Tall Stories’ guarantees that their shows are packed full of action to keep the tiniest of toddlers engaged, as well as their grown-ups!

Opening at London’s Lyric Theatre for a festive run beginning November 22nd 2017, The Gruffalo’s Child is guaranteed to be the perfect Christmas treat.

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The Gruffalo’s Child is a Tall Stories production, directed by Olivia Jacobs, with choreography by Morag Cross and design by Isla Shaw, lighting design by James Whiteside and music production by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for Jollygoodtunes. The Gruffalo’s Child also features original music and lyrics by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw, with puppet design by Yvonne Stone and Polly Lawrence.

With several different actors taking on the roles of the forest friends, the current tour includes Sophie Alice as Gruffalo’s Child, Catriona Mackenzie as Narrator/Mouse and Andrew Mudie as Gruffalo/Predators, with Jake Addley understudying.

Show Lengths and Times

The Gruffalo’s Child opens at the Lyric Theatre London on November 22nd 2017 and will play festive season until January 7th 2018. Performances are at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 2pm on different days. Please check the date and time when booking.

Show running time is 55 minutes, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Gruffalo’s Child is the perfect family production, recommended for those aged 3 and up.

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The Gruffalo

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‘as fun and as fantastical as the original’

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‘a lovely sense of humour that filters through the performance’

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‘an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity’

Tall Stories’ charming adaptation of children’s classic The Gruffalo returns once more to a West End stage. A magical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved picture book, The Gruffalo comes prowling into London’s Lyric Theatre for a limited summer season beginning on July 6th.

Previously made into a BBC film starring the voices of Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham-Carter and James Corden, The Gruffalo is the well-known tale that can be found on many children’s bookcase. Tall Stories’ exuberant hour-long adaptation of the book gives children the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild, with countless successful runs at the Lyric Theatre.

The Gruffalo is the story of brave Mouse, who embarks on a daring adventure through the deep, dark forest. On the way, we encounter a variety of hungry predators, including a sneaky fox, naughty owl and a slithering snake, all of whom quite fancy Mouse as an afternoon snack! Mouse must use her cunning wit to outsmart the peckish animals and so she tells the story of the fabled Gruffalo to scare them away. Little does she know that she is about to come face to face with the fearsome beast itself!

Packed full of fun and interactive songs, The Gruffalo is a lot of physical theatre, silliness and fun for all of the family to enjoy! This is a perfect way to introduce young children to theatre, with a 55 minute running time allowing for short attention spans! Previously performed at the Vaudeville Theatre, and to millions worldwide, The Gruffalo is sure to be yet another summer hit at the Lyric Theatre!

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The Gruffalo was originally devised by Tall Stories company members Sharon McArdle, Tom Banks and Felix Hayes. Featuring the beloved book by Julia Donaldson and illustrations by Axel Scheffler, the show is directed by Olivia Jacobs, with choreography by Morag Cross. Further team members include design by Isla Shaw and lighting design by James Whiteside. The Gruffalo also features musical direction from Jon Fiber, with original music and lyrics by Jon Fiber, Olivia Jacobs, Robin Price and Andy Shaw.

Show Lengths and Times

The Gruffalo plays a limited summer season the Lyric Theatre London from July 6th to September 4th. Performances are at 11am and 2pm every day, excluding Saturdays and Sundays, when performances are at 10am and 12pm.

Show running time is approximately 55mins, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Gruffalo is entirely family-friendly and best-suited to children aged 3 and up. Babes in arms tickets are available from the Box Office on the day of the performance. Please note that the Lyric Theatre does not supply booster cushions and bear this in mind when preparing your children for a visit.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

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‘low-key start to standing ovation-inducing finish’

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‘a fully tuned critical alertness and mimetic merriness’

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‘no musical style this ensemble can’t replicate’

Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite Showstopper! The Improvised Musical plays an extended season at the Lyric Theatre, following a smash-hit West End premiere at the Apollo Theatre. After countless sell-out runs at the famous Edinburgh festival, the Showstopper troupe received their first London run at the Apollo, impressing audiences and critics alike, earning four and five-star reviews across the board.

Created by Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is 90 minutes of entirely improvised material. Night after night, the troupe come up with an all-new musical, featuring all-singing, all-dancing numbers based on a variety of audience suggestions. Seven quick-witted performers and their musical and technical team turn these suggestions into a full-on musical extravaganza, complete with props and costume.

Every night, the audience are subjected to something new, making Showstopper the perfect show to keep returning to! From romance to horror, comedy to downright ridicule, this is the only place that you can find a whole musical dedicated to a pig farm, Marks and Spencer’s or even the inner workings of a bakewell tart. Featuring songs themed to a range of West End shows and popstars, the Showstoppers invent perfectly harmonised songs on the spot that resemble something from The Lion King or even popular band Oasis!

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical began its life at the Actors Centre, when Meggido and Emery decided to host an improvisation workshop with a team of little or no experience. After a week of rehearsal, the team had to improvise a musical in front of a full audience – and Showstopper was born! Since then, the troupe have had their own radio show and have won several awards, including an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment & Family.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical was originally conceived by Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery and features musical direction from Duncan Walsh Atkins with sound design by Tom Lishman and lighting design by Tim Mascall. Meggido recently directed West End smash-hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre and has also written musical Burlesque, which received four Off West End Awards, including Best New Musical. Emery is part of several comic troupes and has appeared at several West End venues, including Shakespeare’s Globe and the Criterion Theatre.

A cast of eleven complete the Showstoppers, with seven performing each night. Showstopper’s cast features a variety of experienced actors, comedians, improvisers, including Ruth Bratt, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Sean McCann, Phillip Pellew, Oliver Senton, Lucy Trodd and Sarah Louise-Young.

Show Lengths and Times

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical transferred to the Lyric Theatre London on February 15th and continues to play limited Monday performances. Performances are at 7:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 1 hour and 30 mins, including a 20 min interval.

Suitable for Children?

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is recommended for ages 12 and up, due to mild sexual references and audience participation. Please note that the Lyric Theatre does not supply booster cushions and children under the age of 4 will not be admitted into the theatre.

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Thriller Live

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‘the best party in the West End’

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‘the best, fastest and most distinctive dance moves ever created’

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‘cute, kicking and retro’

Book today and get 33% off Thriller Live tickets! Offer valid Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday performances between 20 September 2016 and 31 March 2017.

Smash-hit musical Thriller Live continues to wow audiences with its smooth moves, dancing into its sixth year at the Lyric Theatre London. A celebration of pop legend Michael Jackson, Thriller Live is the ultimate tribute show that brings all of his best hits to the forefront of the stage.

Conceived by super-fan, Jackson family friend and author Adrian Grant, Thriller Live originally previewed in the UK at the Dominion Theatre in 2006, before opening at the Lyric Theatre in 2009. Previously the production has been performed in Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia before it made its move to London’s West End. Originally intended as a tribute show to Michael Jackson’s best music, it was not until Jackson’s untimely death in early 2009 which caused Thriller Live to catapult into the tribute act to end all tributes.

Thriller Live follows Michael Jackson through every stage of his career, from his early days with the Jackson 5 to his status as Pop King. Watching as he slowly makes his transformation into the Michael Jackson we know today, Thriller Live features numerous well-known songs that will leave audiences dancing in their seats. Shaking out the best numbers from Jackson’s back catalogue, the show features rousing renditions of “Blame it on the Boogie”, “I Want You Back”, “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, “Smooth Criminal” and, of course, “Thriller”.

An all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, Thriller Live features the famous dance moves and costumes that accompanied all of Jackson’s greatest hits. More of a concert than a traditional piece of musical theatre, Thriller Live is packed full of crowd-pleasers that are sure to entertain everyone, from die-hard Jackson fans to those who only know a few hits!

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Thriller Live is an original concept designed by Michael Jackson super-fan Adrian Grant, who is now Executive Director of both the London production and UK tour. Directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live features set design by Jonathan Park, lighting design by Nigel Catmur, video design by Colin Rozee, costume by Shooting Flowers and sound design by Chris Whybrow, with musical supervision from John Maher.

Previous stars in Thriller Live have included West End superstar Ben Forster, with the current cast featuring Jordan Alexander, Jason Brock, Dajiow, Haydon Eshun, Ryan Shaw, Trenyce Cobbins, Aled Arhyel Charles, Remi Gooding, Zuriel Kabasomi-Williams and Daniel Odejinmi as Lead Vocalists. Further cast members include Rio Horsford, Cordell Mostellar and Alex Ko as Lead Vocalist Covers, with Alishia Marie Blake, Ebony Clarke, Alex Jackson, Victoria Lamm, Arnold Mabhena, Helen Parsons, Chanté Simpson and Steven Thompson as Dancers.

Song List

Act I

  • Overture: “History”
  • Opening Mashup: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough/Billie Jean”
  • “Who’s Lovin’ You”
  • “I’ll Be There”
  • “I Want You Back”
  • “ABC”
  • “Rockin’ Robin”
  • “Blame it on the Boogie”
  • “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”
  • “Remember the Time”
  • “Human Nature”
  • “This Place Hotel”
  • “Dangerous”
  • “She’s Out of My Life”
  • “Off the Wall”
  • “Get on the Floor”
  • “Rock with You”
  • “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Reprise)”
  • “Can You Feel It”

Act II

  • Entr’Acte Mashup: “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’/Workin’ Day and Night”
  • “Dancing Machine”
  • “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
  • “Beat It”
  • “The Way You Make Me Feel”
  • “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
  • “Smooth Criminal”
  • “Dirty Diana”
  • “Man in the Mirror”
  • “They Don’t Care About Us”
  • “Earth Song”
  • “Billie Jean”
  • “Thriller”
  • “Bad”
  • “Black and White”

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Thriller Live opened at the Lyric Theatre London on January 21st 2009, after an initial run at the Dominion Theatre in 2006, and continues to run into its sixth year. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Mondays, with matinees on Saturday at 4pm and Sundays at 3:30pm. All evening performances begin at 7:30pm, aside from Saturdays, where they begin at 8pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 30mins, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Thriller Live is entirely family-friendly, and suited to those who enjoy the music. Please note that the Lyric Theatre does not supply booster cushions and children under the age of 4 will not be admitted into the theatre.

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