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  • Caroline or Change

    Until Mar 2, 2019

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Mar 21 - Jun 15, 2019

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Caroline or Change

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Until March 2, 2019

From the author of the epic juggernaut, Angels in America, comes Caroline, or Change, a beautiful and poignant tale of friendship, bravery and hope. Transferring to the West End this year, Olivier Award Winner Sharon D. Clarke will continue to shine in the title role, alongside director Michael Longhurst as this virtuosic musical uplifts and moves London audiences.

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Fiddler on the Roof

March 21 - June 15, 2019

Sir Trevor Nunn's hit revival of the classic, Fiddler on the Roof, heads to the West End this year after a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Olivier award-winner Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn are set to reprise their critically acclaimed turns as Tevye and Golde. A musical theatre icon, the story of Tevye and his wayward daughters continues to prove to be a popular draw to audiences all over the world, with the musical recently celebrating an exciting Broadway revival and US tour.

Playhouse Theatre

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Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE

  • Year opened: 1882
  • Capacity: 786
  • Disabled access

Snugly situated below Charing Cross train station, the petite Playhouse has proven itself to be a hardy theatre over the last century and a bit. First built as the Royal Avenue Theatre in 1882, it did a roaring trade in Comic Opera, farce, and burlesque as presented by the era's music hall superstar Arthur Roberts. But by the 1890s, she had changed hands and was known for its dramas, with George Bernard Shaw's London Debut, The Arms and The Man, opening there in 1894.

The early 20th Century saw a tragedy when, during a renovation in 1905, a crash at the station above collapsed the ceiling and six workmen where killed. It went on to open again in 1907 with a short sketch from Shaw marking the occasion, before flourishing until the war saw audience levels fall.

In 1951, another change of pace saw the theatre requisitioned by the BBC as a live studio, hosting episodes of The Goon Show and Hancock's Half Hour among music performances from rock and roll's finest including The Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd, The Who, and The Rolling Stones. In 1976 however, the recording light went out for good and The Playhouse's fate looked bleak.

After ten years standing empty and in danger of demolition, the theatre found new hope in owner Robin Gonshaw, who spruced it up and launched the musical Girlfriends. The next year, 1988, novelist and ex-politician Jeffrey Archer scooped it up for 1 Million, before flipping it the following year for double.

Since then, The Playhouse has once again offered a mixed genre of shows to see, with its doors open for everything from the National Theatre's award-winning revival of J.B Priestley's An Inspector Calls, wartime dramas like Journey's End, myriad jukebox musicals, Lindsay Lohan's stage debut, The Rocky Horror Show's 30th Anniversary and many, many more. A little stuffy in the summer months, The Playhouse more than makes up for it in history, charm and the fact that its diminutive size means there isn't a bad seat in the house.

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