Small but perfectly formed, The Arts Theatre in the heart of London’s Theatreland reopened in January 2009 after a period of refurbishment and re-decoration.
It now hosts an interesting mix of theatre, with a new season of plays and musicals starting this month featuring short runs of crowd-pleasing shows, from hilarious farce Daisy Pulls It Off, to play A Man of No Importance and fun musicals Naked Boys Singing and Nunsense A-Men.
The originalvenue launched in 1927 as a private members’ theatre to avoid the censorship of the Lord Chamberlain. In the fifties it was run by Peter Hall and hosted the London premiere of Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot.
The 347-seat venue is run under a partnership between Dominic Madden for theatre investment group Kingdom Entertainment Group and Wimpole Theatre and the facilities of the theatre include two newly refurbished bars – plus The London Cocktail Club, a pre and post theatre private members club.
Highlights of the current season include:
DAISY PULLS IT OFF
19 January – 6 February 2010
This riotous romp returns to the West End in Denise Deegan’s hilarious parody of jolly hockey sticks adventure stories set in a 1920s girls’ boarding school.
25 January – 25 March 2010
An hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser – with all characters played by male musical stars!
NAKED BOYS SINGING
27 January – 27 March 2010
Returning to the Arts Theatre after a successful run last year, Naked Boys Singing! is a musical comedy revue featuring an original score of 16 songs celebrating the splendours of male nudity. Seven good-looking and talented male actors celebrate the glories of the naked male body through a series of catchy, pithy cabaret numbers, both funny and poignant. Please Note: Contains full male nudity. Age recommendation 16 years +
A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
10 – 27 February 2010
Chamber musical based on the 1994 film starring Albert Finney. The show won the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best off-Broadway Musical, and will run at the Arts from February 10 to 27 starring Olivier Award-winner Paul Clarkson.