Photo credit: Heathers cast 2021 at Theatre Royal Haymarket (Photo by Pamela Raith)

Everything you need to know about ‘Heathers’ in London

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Honey, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to see Heathers in London. Heathers is a cult musical based on the 1980s film of the same name, which sees a group of popular high school students as they navigate life as troubled teens. One of them begins to make catastrophic decisions, learning the errors of their ways.

Heathers continues its West End homecoming at The Other Palace. If you've never seen Heathers in London, discover more about how the musical has taken over the West End. Here's our complete guide to Heathers in London.

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What is Heathers about?

Veronica Sawyer is a high school "nobody." All she wants is to be popular though, dreaming of the days where the other kids say hi in the corridor. Her call is answered when she's invited to join the Heathers, a favoured trio of young women all named Heather: Heather Chandler, Heather Duke and Heather McNamara.

In the 'Heathers', Veronica begins to attract male attention, especially J.D., behaving in unforgivable ways in order to impress. There's shocking scenes in Heathers too, but ultimately Veronica learns that being herself is the best way to be in high school.

Is Heathers based on a film?

The Heathers musical is based on the 1989 film of the same name, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The Heathers film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and screenwriter Daniel Waters won the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.

A Heathers musical film was recorded at The Other Palace. Find out more about the recording from Heathers cast member, Hannah Lowther.

When did Heathers premiere?

After a series of 2009 readings in Los Angeles and 2010 concerts at Joe's Pub in New York, the world premiere of the Heathers musical took place at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles. Heathers ran on weekends from 21 September to 6 Oct. 2013, selling out performances. The Heathers Off-Broadway premiere opened at New World Stages, running from 15 March to 4 Aug. 2014.

In 2017, Heathers was workshopped for a new production at The Other Palace, eventually leading to its London premiere. Heathers opened as a full production at The Other Palace from 9 June to 4 Aug. 2018, and then transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket a month later, from 3 September to 24 Nov. 2018. Heathers has now become a West End favourite, and returned to the Haymarket from 21 June to 11 Sept. 2021.

Who wrote Heathers?

The Heathers musical features a book, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Together, they've previously worked on musicals including Bat Boy and Legally Blonde.

Who is in Heathers in London?

Miracle Chance plays Veronica Sawyer, joined by Ellis Kirk as JD, Olivia Barnett-Legh as Heather Chandler, Kia Paris Walcott as Heather Duke, Katharine Pearson as Heather McNamara, Katie Ramshaw as Martha Dunnstock, Will Breckin as Kurt Kelly, Cristian Zaccarini as Ram Sweeney, Rachel Breeze as Ms. Fleming, Alexander Service as Ram's Dad/Big Bud Dean/Coach, Alexander McMorran as Kurt's Dad/Veronica's Dad/Principal.

The Heathers ensemble includes Elliot David Parkes, Megan Hill, Georgia Anderson, Sophie Hutchinson, Georgia Iudica-Davies, Bibi Jay, Lewis Asquith and Kaine Ruddach.

What theatre in London is Heathers playing at?

Heathers is at The Other Palace. The Other Palace opened in 2017 and is typically home to new musicals, including Be More Chill and Amelie.

What is the running time of Heathers?

The running time of Heathers in London is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15 minute interval.

What songs are in Heathers?

Heathers features an original soundtrack, with songs including "Seventeen" and "Dead Girl Walking." For Heathers in London, two new songs were added to the musical: "Never Shut Up Again" and "I Say No." We've listed all the songs in Heathers below.

Act 1

"Beautiful" - Veronica, H. Chandler, H. McNamara, H. Duke, Kurt, Ram, Martha, Ms. Fleming and Company
"Candy Store" - H. Chandler, H. McNamara and H. Duke
Fight for Me" - Veronica and Students
"Freeze Your Brain" - J.D.
"Big Fun" - Ram, Kurt, Veronica, H. Chandler, H. McNamara, H. Duke and Students
"Dead Girl Walking" - Veronica and J.D.
"The Me Inside of Me" - H. Chandler, Veronica, J.D., Ms. Fleming, Principal, Coach, Cops and Company
"You're Welcome" - Ram, Kurt, Veronica
"Never Shut Up Again" - H. Duke, Ram, Kurt and Ensemble
"Our Love Is God" - J.D., Veronica, Ram, Kurt and Company

Act 2

"My Dead Gay Son" - Ram's Dad, Kurt's Dad and Mourners
"Seventeen" - Veronica and J.D.
"Shine a Light" - Ms. Fleming and Students
"Lifeboat" - H. McNamara
"Shine a Light" (Reprise) - H. Duke and Students
"I Say No" (2018-present) — Veronica and Ensemble
"Kindergarten Boyfriend" - Martha
"Yo Girl" - H. Chandler, Ram, Kurt, Veronica and Veronica's Mom
"Meant to Be Yours" - J.D. and Students
"Dead Girl Walking" (Reprise) - Veronica, J.D., Ms. Fleming, and Students
"I Am Damaged" - J.D. and Veronica
"Seventeen" (Reprise) - Veronica, Martha, H. McNamara, H.Duke and Company

How do I get tickets for Heathers in London?

Heathers is playing at The Other Palace. It's a popular London musical, so you'll want to book tickets now to avoid missing out.

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Photo credit: Heathers cast 2021 at Theatre Royal Haymarket (Photo by Pamela Raith)

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