Mrs Henderson Presents… The Musical

Noel Coward Theatre, London

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Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre

Don’t miss the ‘joyous musical fun’ (The Times) of Mrs Henderson Presents, the hilarious five-star musical the Daily Express is hailing as a ‘triumph’.

Based on the much loved BAFTA and Oscar winning British film that starred Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, this ‘unashamedly entertaining’ (Daily Mail) new musical has been acclaimed by the Times as ‘a winner’.

Starring Olivier-Award winning actress Tracie Bennett and Emma Williams, Mrs Henderson Presents … The Musical is directed by Terry Johnson.

Mrs Henderson Presents will run from 9 February 2016 until 18 June 2016 at the Noel Coward Theatre.

STORY

Mrs Henderson Presents is the true-life story of the Windmill Theatre in London’s Soho, run by the formidable Laura Henderson. Recently widowed, the 70 year old Mrs Henderson opens the Windmill and hits on the idea of presenting vaudeville shows featuring tableaux of nude young ladies to entertain the the troops and boost morale during the Blitz. The theatre became famous for its refusal to close despite the bombings, and its catchphrase “We never close” went down in history.

CAST

Mrs Henderson Presents will star Tracie Bennett as Laura Henderson, Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm and Emma Williams as Maureen who all reprise the roles they played in Bath.

CREATIVE TEAM

The show is directed by Terry Johnson (La Cage Aux Folles) and features music by George Fenton – who composed the music for the film – and Simon Chamberlain, lyrics by Don Black and a book by Terry Johnson adapted from Martin Sherman’s screenplay.

Choreography will be by Andrew Wright (Barnum, Singin’ in the Rain), with set design by Tom Shortall, costume design by Paul Wills (American Buffalo, Barnum), lighting design by Ben Ormerod and sound design by Gareth Owen.


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 18 June 2016

Venue Information

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AA
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176
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Reviews round-up: Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath
Olivier-Award winning actress Tracie Bennett and Emma Williams star in Mrs Henderson Presents....The Musical at the Theatre Royal Bath. With only 3 post opening performances scheduled this production is undoubtedly being tested for a future in the West End. Mrs Henderson Presents...The Musical is based on the BAFTA and Oscar winning British movie by Stephen Frears which starred Judi Dench as Laura Henderson, the late Bob Hoskins as Vivian Van Damm, Will Young as Bertie and Kelly Reilly as Maureen. The show is directed by Terry Johnson (La Cage Aux Folles) and features music by George Fenton – who composed the music for the film – and Simon Chamberlain, lyrics by Don Black and a book by Terry Johnson adapted from Martin Sherman’s screenplay. Choreography will be by Andrew Wright (Barnum, Singin’ in the Rain), with set design by Tom Shortall, costume design by Paul Wills (American Buffalo, Barnum), lighting design by Ben Ormerod and sound design by Gareth Owen. Mrs Henderson Presents played a strictly limited season from 14 August 2015 until 5 September 2015 at Theatre Royal Bath. The critics have been particularly enamoured with the production though no doubt any future West End transfer will see a few tweaks to the show and possibly casting. Here’s what the critics thought. UPDATE 9/10/15: Mrs Henderson Presents will transfer to the West End for a limited run in February 2016 at the Noel Coward Theatre. BOOKING Book tickets for Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre

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3 thoughts on “Mrs Henderson Presents… The Musical”

  1. Brilliant ! Experience the full raft of emotions from belly laughs to pathos. Tracie Bennett’s performance is par excellence and is well supported by a strong cast.

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