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Closed June 23, 2018

Ruthless! is a deliciously camp musical that takes turns you can't expect and brilliantly showcases a talented cast. Simply put, it's great fun.

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Why See Ruthless!?

How far would you go to get what you want?

Joel Paley and Marvin Laird's very dark comedy finally gets a UK premiere, bringing the madcap musical to the Arts Theatre this spring. A gloriously screwball send-up of Broadway classics in the vein of Gypsy and Mame, Ruthless! introduces us to tiny Tina Denmark, a precocious 8-year-old who'll stop at nothing to show off her talents in the school play, even if it means eliminating the competition for good.

Starring Tracie Bennet, Harriet Hope and Jason Gardiner, the high camp show is a hilarious look at the worrying world of child-stardom, pushy stage mothers and the renlentless ambition that carries them. With pizazz filled tunes, kicky dance numbers and a killer script, Ruthless! is the cult classic born to entertain!

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Previews from: 16 March 2018

Opening night: 27 March 2018



Run time

90 minutes

Cast and Creative


Tracie Bennett as Lita
Jason Gardiner as Sylvia St. Croix
Harriet Thorpe as Myrna Thorn
Lara Denning as Louise Lerman/Eve
Kim Maresca as Judy Denmark

Charlotte Bree, Lucy Simmonds, Anya Evans, and Fifi Bloomsbury Khier alternate the role of Tina Denmark


Written by Joel Paley and Marvin Laird
Directed by Richard Fitch
Choreography by Rebecca Howell
Musical supervision by Gareth Valentine
Production design by Morgan Large
Lighting by Tim Lutkin
Sound by Gregory Clarke

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Cathy Dixon: “ Ruthless, Impeccable Glamour”

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