With two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and six Tony Awards, including the one for best revival of a musical, Chicago has become the longest-running American musical in the entire history of the West End of London. Performed for the first time on Broadway in 1975, Chicago the musical has not only become one of the most popular productions in London and New York, but it has also been produced in numerous international versions worldwide. Don’t miss the new production, coming to London in 2020!
Running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes (including interval)
Recommended age: over 13 years old
In 1920s Chicago, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, after murdering their respective partners, do everything possible to make sure their case makes it onto the front pages of all the newspapers. This way, they plan to get the attention of Billy Flynn, one of the best-reputed lawyers in the city, and one who has never lost a case. Tempted by a life of jazz, alcohol and fun, sweet aspiring actress Roxie Hart dreams of leaving her sad life behind and becoming a star, like her idol, popular vaudeville singer, Velma Kelly. Her dream becomes reality when the two are brought together in prison, waiting for a trial that could send them to the gallows.
Performed for the first time on Broadway in 1975, Chicago the musical went to Cambridge Theatre, London, five years later, after 600 performances. But it wasn’t until 1997 when the production achieved success in the West End, based on new staging directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking. Acclaimed by critics and the public alike, not only did this revival of Chicago the musical win the top theatre awards, but it remained on the billboard for more than 15 years, making it the most-enduring US musical in the West End of London.
After a five-year break, the musical returned to the West End in 2018, specifically, to the Phoenix Theatre, in the popular version choreographed by Ann Reinking for the 1996 Broadway revival. This is an entirely new phase, with a stellar cast: Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Billy Flynn, Paul Rider as Amos Hart, Ruthie Henshall as Mama Morton and Alan Richardson as Mary Sunshine.
Show times: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Stalls: with space for 474 people, this is the largest area in the theatre. Ticket prices in this area go from £52.50 in the seats along the sides, to £125 in the premium seats, located in the central area of the stalls. This is definitely the position with the best view of all the action on stage.
Dress circle: with space for 280 people, the dress circle offers the best quality-price relationship. While it’s true that nearly every seat in this theatre has a full view of the stage, in the dress circle, you can enjoy comfortable seats without anything blocking your view. Tickets for this zone are priced between £62.50 and £125.
Grand circle: the best place for cheap Chicago musical tickets, but with a full view of the stage. 254 seats are available from £20 to £42.50, in the front row.
How much are Chicago musical tickets?
Ticket prices go from £20 to £125. If you want the cheapest possible tickets to see Chicago the musical in London, we recommend you reserve one of 30 seats available in the grand circle, row J, for £20. But if what you want is a good quality-price relationship, the best seats are the ones at the ends of the rows. You get a very good view of the stage and all end seats come with a discount.
Group tickets: there are special discounts for groups of more than 10 people for performances from Monday to Thursday and the Wednesday matinee.
More than 10 people: £39.50
More than 20: people £35
Located on Charing Cross Road, on the corner with Flitcroft Street, the Phoenix Theatre is one of the most legendary theatres in the West End of London. This theatre, in the Camden district, has been hosting popular musicals since the 1930s, including Bend it like Beckham: The Musical, Blood Brothers and Chicago. It has space for an audience of 1,008 people, with 474 seats in the stalls, 218 in the dress circle and 254 in the grand circle. The circular layout of the stalls means that the stage is fully visible from any angle.
You may like to look at the seating plan in our images section.
How do you get to the Phoenix Theatre?
The address of the Phoenix Theatre is 110 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JP. The tube stops nearest the theatre are Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road, while Charing Cross train station is a short walk away. What’s more, bus lines 14, 19, 22b, 24, 29, 38 and 176 to Covent Garden will leave you very near the venue.
Recommended age: members of the Chicago audience should be aged 13 and over.
Running time: Chicago lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes, including the interval.
Accessibility at the theatre: The entrance with wheelchair access is the one on Flitcroft Street. There is also space for wheelchairs in Box C, for people with reduced mobility who cannot move into a seat. This zone is to one side of the dress circle and it has a limited view of the stage.
Chicago the Musical is 2 hour 25 minutes long.
The main songs in Chicago the Musical are “Overture”, “All That Jazz”, “When You’re Good to Mamma”, “Roxie”, “All I Care About”, “Mr Cellophane”, “Funny Hunny”,” A Little Bit of Good
Yes, Chicago is going on tour and the dates are:
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre: Friday 12th - Saturday 20th March, 2021
Milton Keynes Theatre: Monday 12th - Saturday 17th April, 2021
Hawth Theatre Crawley: Tuesday 27th - Saturday 1st May, 2021
Manchester Palace Theatre: Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd May, 2021
Ipswich Regent Theatre: Monday 5th - Saturday 10th July, 2021
Plymouth Theatre Royal: Monday 9th - Saturday 14th August, 2021
Northampton Derngate Theatre: Monday 4th - Saturday 9th October, 2021
Hull New Theatre: Monday 8th - Saturday 13th November, 2021
Mayflower Theatre Southampton: Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th November, 2021
Set in 1920s Chicago, Roxy Hart and Velma Kelly have murdered their partners and try to do everything they can to get the attention of Billy Flynn, who is one of the best lawyers in town. They are attracted by a glamorous life of jazz, alcohol and partying.
The cast of Chicago 2021 has not yet been announced.
Fred Ebb and John Kander wrote Chicago the Musical.
Chicago first premiered in 1975.
The recommended age for Chicago the Musical is 13+.
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