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Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
42nd Street
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
Our Review 4 / 5

42nd Street, the ultimate Broadway musical, runs in London on the West End’s biggest stage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes (which was subsequently adapted for the silver screen the following year), 42nd Street tells of the great director Julian Marsh and his upcoming production of the musical Pretty Lady. But when the show’s star is forced to drop out of the production, Marsh calls on unknown chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, who takes to the stage a “youngster” and comes back a “star”. With a classic score of musical theatre standards including "We're in the Money", "Lullaby of Broadway", "42nd Street" and "About a Quarter to Nine", this heart-warming musical provides exceptional tap routines and classic comedy.

Before tapping its way into the West End in March 2017, the musical first took Broadway by storm in 1980 where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical and ran for almost 3,500 performances. The musical first ran in the West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1984, and won the Olivier for Best Musical.

42nd Street currently features British acting star Bonnie Langford in the role of Dorothy Brock.  When 42nd Street made its return to the West End in 2017, Scottish pop singer Sheena Easton starred in the role of Brock before Scottish pop singer In Lulu took on the part in March 2018. 

The cast of 42nd Street also includes Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer, Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor.

This new production is directed by Mark Bramble, choreographed by Randy Skinner and will feature scenic design by Douglas W Schmidt and costume design by Roger Kirk.

As the curtain opens on America in 1932 at the heart of the Great Depression, chorines and gypsies get wind that acclaimed Broadway producer Julian Marsh is casting his new musical show. As an extensive tap audition begins, we're introduced to fresh-off-the-bus Peggy Sawyer, a talented and enthusiastic young star who manages to pass her audition and join the company.

Dorothy Brock, an over the hill star is set to be the leading lady in 'Pretty Lady', and her beau Abner Dillon has $100,000 to invest in the production, despite the fact that the Dorothy has fallen in love with one of her old stage partners Pat Denning. As the group head to Philadelphia for their out of town try-out, Dorothy breaks off her relationship with Dillon in a move that threatens the entire production. On opening night Peggy bumps into Dorothy during a routine, sending the star to the floor with a broken ankle forcing the curtain to come down. The question now is, who will take over the role and be the new star, as the show must go on...

Previews from |
20th March 2017
Opening date |
4th April 2017
Booking from |
19th December 2018
Available until |
5th January 2019
Closes |
5th January 2019
Run time |
2 hours 30 minutes (One interval)
Categories |
 Ages 7+. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted
Harry Warren and Al Dubin, with book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Michael Linnit & Michael Grade for Gate Ventures PLC
Mark Bramble
Songs by:
Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Randy Skinner
Roger Kirk
Cast list:
Bonnie Langford (Dorothy Brock), Tom Lister (Julian Marsh), Clare Halse (Peggy Sawyer), Jasna Ivir (Maggie Jones), Norman Bowman (Pat Denning), Ashley Day (Billy Lawlor), Graeme Henderson (Andy Lee), Christopher Howell (Bert Barry), Bruce Montague (Abner Dillon), Mark McKerracher (Mac/Doc/Thug) and Emma Caffrey (Annie). Ensemble: Clare Rickard, Victoria Hay, Leah Harris, Jasmine Kerr, Millie O'Connell, Katy Riches, Gabrielle Lewis Dodson, Daisy Steere, Karli Vale, Sophie Camble, Christina Shand, Courtney George, Zoe Rogers, Jessica Keable, Sara Bispham, Lisa Dent, Katharine Pearson, Kirsty Fuller, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Charlene Ford, Dylan Mason, Philip Bertioli, Luke George, Ronan Burns, Eddie Myles, Ryan Gover, Sam Murphy, Freddie Clements, Zac Watts, Greg Bernstein, Kristen Gaetz, Charlotte Anne Steen, Gabrielle Cocca, Kate Ivory Jordan, Josh Andrews, Martin McCarthy.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Venue Information

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

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Our Review of 42nd Street


There’s a moment of indescribable exhilaration at the very start of this careful yet constantly surprising revival of 42nd Street which begins, as every production of the musical does, with the curtain rising a mere two foot to display the tapping feet of a stunning 40-strong ensemble. Read more

Latest 42nd Street News & Features

Photo credit: Cast of 42nd Street (Photo courtesy of 42nd Street)
‘42nd Street’, starring Clare Halse and Bonnie Langford to be streamed online
Wednesday, 02 December, 2020, 11:38
Continuing the season of award-winning musicals being streamed on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel, this week’s offering has been announced. The West End revival of 42nd Street is the latest musical to be streamed online, available to watch from 4 December. The glossy, Golden Age musical follows Peggy Sawyer, a young woman who quickly rises through the ranks to become an actress. Taking over the leading role in a new musical, Peggy questions her decisions, but she...
Bonnie Langford interview: 'I feel like 42nd Street is in my blood and in my veins'
Tuesday, 22 October, 2019, 15:55
After dazzling audiences at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and nominated for three Olivier Awards including best musical revival, 42nd Street was jam-packed with glitz, glamour and oozing with sophistication. Playing its final performance on 5th January, audiences can relive the production as 42nd Street is screened to cinemas nationwide.  Ahead of the cinema screenings, we spoke to Bonnie Langford who took over the role of Dorothy Brock in the...
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Lulu to join the cast of 42nd Street in the West End
Friday, 23 February, 2018
New casting has been announced for the West End production of 42nd Street, and it includes Lulu taking over from Sheena Easton in the role of Dorothy Brock.  Easton made her West End debut in 42nd Street when it opened in April last year. Scottish pop singer Lulu will now take over the role of Brock, a Broadway actress who is injured in the build-up of a major new musical.  Lulu is best-known for the chart-topping hits “Shout”, “To Sir With Love” and “Boom...
Clare Halse interview - 'I had to strip to my undies in front of the Duchess of Cambridge'
Tuesday, 29 August, 2017
42nd Street took the West End by storm when it moved into the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with a flurry of four and five-star reviews. Much of the praise was for Clare Halse, who plays Peggy Sawyer, a dance virtuoso waiting to be discovered,is forced to step in and save Julian Marsh’s Broadway show Pretty Lady.  We chatted to Halse about her previous experiences as an understudy opposite Imelda Staunton, how she is helping to inspire a generation of young dancers, and...
42nd Street extends booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
42nd Street extends booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Thursday, 01 June, 2017
The hit London revival of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has extended its booking period to 10 February 2018. The production began previews in London on Monday, 20 March, 2017 and opened to excellent reviews on Tuesday 4 April 2017, where it was described as "infectious musical theatre joy of the highest calibre" by London Theatre. It was previously booking to 14 October 2017. Featuring music by Harry Warren and Al Dubin it has a book by Michael Stewart...
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Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet - a History of 42nd Street
Tuesday, 04 April, 2017
Tickets are now on sale for the brand new production of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The hit Broadway and West End musical 42nd Street opens in London's West End this evening on 4th April 2017. Director Mark Bramble and choreographer Randy Skinner both have a long history with the show, and are at the helm of this new West End production. Having co-authored the book for the original Broadway and West End productions and having directed...
42nd Street West End revival (Photo Brinkhoff and Moegenburg)
First Look at 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London's West End
Thursday, 23 March, 2017
Production images have been released of the West End revival of 42nd Street which is currently in previews at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane ahead of an official opening on 4 April 2017. Featuring music by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble it is directed by Mark Bramble with choreography by Randy Skinner, scenic design by Douglas W Schmidt and costumes by Roger Kirk. Cast of 42nd Street (Photo: Brinkhoff & Moegenburg...
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