How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets

Southwark Playhouse Borough, London
Booking to 17 June 2023
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“Georgie Rankom’s deliciously queered-up production” – TimeOut

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is revived at Southwark Playhouse this Spring starring Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett.

A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is a comic gem that took Broadway by storm in 1961, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser – one of America’s great composer/lyricists also responsible for ‘Guys & Dolls’ – with songs including ‘I Believe in You’, ‘Brotherhood of Man’ and ‘The Company Way’.

Acclaimed, Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (Follies, Hangmen), stars as big boss J B Biggley, with Gabrielle Friedman (Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends) as J. Pierrepont Finch, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race Michelle Visage providing the voice of ‘The Book’.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying runs from 12 May to 17 June 2023 at Southwark Playhouse Borough London.

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What's the story of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying?

Set in New York in the early 1960s, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying chronicles the meteoric rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window cleaner who buys a book about rising up the corporate ladder. After following the book’s instructions, Pierrepont Finch soars to the top of his company, dodging more than a few obstacles on the way. These come in the form of rivals such as Bud Frump and J. B. Biggley. According to the book, professional life and work life shouldn’t mix. This is a rule that Finch finds hard to follow when he falls in love with Rosemary, one of his company’s secretaries. As Finch’s confidence grows, he relies more on his charm and less on the book. A dangerous move indeed…

Who is in the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying?

Tracie Bennett (she/her) as J B Biggley

Gabrielle Friedman (she/they) as J. Pierrepont Finch

The voice of Michelle Visage as ‘The Book’

The cast also includes Annie Aitken (she/her) as Hedy LaRue; Taylor Bradshaw (he/him) as Mr Bert Bratt; Allie Daniel (she/her) as Rosemary Pilkington; Elliot Gooch (he/him) as Bud Frump; Grace Kanyamibwa (she/her) as Miss Jones; Danny Lane (he/him) as Mr Twimble/Mr Wally Womper; Milo McCarthy (they/them) as Mr Milton Gatch; and Verity Power (she/her) as Smitty.

Who are the creative team of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying?

Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock & Willie Gilbert. Based on the novel by Shepherd Mead.

The full creative team includes Director Georgie Rankcom (they/them), Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento (she/her), Musical Director Natalie Pound (she/her), Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon (she/her) Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán (she/her), Sound Designer Joshua Robins (he/him), Orchestrator Stuart Morley (he/him), Stage Manager Waverley Moran (she/they), Production Manager Misha Mah (they/them), Casting Director Peter Noden (he/him), Producer / General Manager Jodee Conrad (she/her).


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Reviews of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

"The singing is strong and spirited" - The Times
"Georgie Rankom’s deliciously queered-up production" - TimeOut
"Brilliant, thought-provoking" - The Stage

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 17 June 2023
Age restrictions
14+
Running time
130 minutes including interval
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Tuesday, Saturday

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Southwark Playhouse Borough, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Southwark Playhouse Borough – Reviews
Reviews are coming in for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Tracie Bennett at Southwark Playhouse Borough in London. The show is running at Southwark Playhouse Borough until 17 June 2023. Georgie Rankcom's "deliciously queered-up production" (TimeOut) stars Tony nominee and multi-Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (she/her - Hangmen, Follies) as J.B. Biggley, and Gabrielle Friedman (she/they) as J. Pierrepont Finch. The cast also includes Annie Aitken (she/her) as Hedy LaRue; Taylor Bradshaw (he/him) as Mr Bert Bratt; Allie Daniel (she/her) as Rosemary Pilkington; Elliot Gooch (he/him) as Bud Frump; Grace Kanyamibwa (she/her) as Miss Jones; Danny Lane (he/him) as Mr Twimble/Mr Wally Womper; Milo McCarthy (they/them) as Mr Milton Gatch; and Verity Power (she/her) as Smitty. The show is written by Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls) and Abe Burrows, and the creative team also includes Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento (she/her), Musical Director Natalie Pound (she/her), Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon (she/her) Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán (she/her), Sound Designer Joshua Robins (he/him), Orchestrator Stuart Morley (he/him), Stage Manager Waverley Moran (she/they), Production Manager Misha Mah (they/them), Casting Director Peter Noden (he/him), and Producer / General Manager Jodee Conrad (she/her). Read reviews from The Times, Evening Standard, TimeOut and more. Book tickets for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Southwark Playhouse Borough 
First Look Photos: How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying starring Tracie Bennett
Photos are in for Southwark Playhouse's revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Tracie Bennett. Tony nominee and double Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (Hangmen, Follies, End of the Rainbow, Coronation Street) plays the male role of J.B. Biggley, President of the World Wide Wicket Company. The lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch is played by Gabrielle Friedman (she/they). Rounding out the cast are: Annie Aitken (she/her) as Hedy LaRue; Taylor Bradshaw (he/him) as Mr Bert Bratt; Allie Daniel (she/her) as Rosemary Pilkington; Elliot Gooch (he/him) as Bud Frump; Grace Kanyamibwa (she/her) as Miss Jones; Danny Lane (he/him) as Mr Twimble/Mr Wally Womper; Milo McCarthy (they/them) as Mr Milton Gatch; and Verity Power (she/her) as Smitty. The show also features the voice of Ru Paul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage as 'The Book'. The satirical musical follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man”, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. This revival of Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls) and Abe Burrows’ Broadway musical is helmed by director Georgie Rankcom (they/them), alongside Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento (she/her), Musical Director Natalie Pound (she/her), Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon (she/her) Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán (she/her), Sound Designer Joshua Robins (he/him), Orchestrator Stuart Morley (he/him), Stage Manager Waverley Moran (she/they), Production Manager Misha Mah (they/them), Casting Director Peter Noden (he/him), and Producer / General Manager Jodee Conrad (she/her). Georgie Rankcom is re-imagined production runs at Southwark Playhouse Borough from 12 May to 17 June 2023. Book tickets for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Southwark Playhouse Borough  Production photos: Video: A song from the show "How to keep his dinner warm" performed by Allie Daniel in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying https://youtu.be/BEV4D-gxwiM
Videos: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Behind-the-scenes & song from the show
Southwark Playhouse has dropped a new behind-the-scenes video of the cast and creators of their new revival of How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying rehearsing in London; and a song from the show, performed by Allie Daniel. Directed by Georgie Rankcom, this re-imagined, gender-swapping take on the classic Broadway show stars Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (she/her - Follies, Coronation Street), as big boss J B Biggley, and Gabrielle Friedman (she/they - Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends) as J. Pierrepont Finch. Other cast include Annie Aitken (she/her) as Hedy LaRue; Taylor Bradshaw (he/him) as Mr Bert Bratt; Allie Daniel (she/her) as Rosemary Pilkington; Elliot Gooch (he/him) as Bud Frump; Grace Kanyamibwa (she/her) as Miss Jones; Danny Lane (he/him) as Mr Twimble/Mr Wally Womper; Milo McCarthy (they/them) as Mr Milton Gatch; and Verity Power (she/her) as Smitty. How to Succeed..., which is written by Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls) and Abe Burrows, will run at Southwark Playhouse Borough from 12 May to 17 June 2023. Book tickets for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Southwark Playhouse Borough  Video: Allie Daniel sings "Happy To Keep his Dinner Warm" Allie Daniel (she/her) who plays Rosemary Pilkington sings 'Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm' from the show, accompanied on piano by Musical Director  Natalie Pound. https://youtu.be/BEV4D-gxwiM Video: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - behind-the-scenes interviews
How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying – full cast revealed for Southwark Playhouse
The Southwark Playhouse has announced the full cast for its forthcoming new production of musical How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying. Georgie Rankcom is re-imagining the classic Broadway show, which runs at Southwark Playhouse Borough from 12 May to 17 June 2023. Already announced in the cast is Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (Hangmen, Follies, Coronation Street), who plays big boss J B Biggley, a role usually played by a man in the show. Also gendered swapped will be the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch, who will be played by Gabrielle Friedman (she/they). Gabrielle's previous credits include Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends and Maria & Friends: Legacy. Tracie and Gabrielle are joined by Annie Aitken (she/her) as Hedy LaRue; Taylor Bradshaw (he/him) as Mr Bert Bratt; Allie Daniel (she/her) as Rosemary Pilkington; Elliot Gooch (he/him) as Bud Frump; Grace Kanyamibwa (she/her) as Miss Jones; Danny Lane (he/him) as Mr Twimble/Mr Wally Womper; Milo McCarthy (they/them) as Mr Milton Gatch; and Verity Power (she/her) as Smitty. The show also features the voice of Ru Paul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage as 'The Book'. This revival of Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls) and Abe Burrows’ Broadway musical is helmed by director Georgie Rankcom (they/them), alongside Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento (she/her), Musical Director Natalie Pound (she/her), Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon (she/her) Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán (she/her), Sound Designer Joshua Robins (he/him), Orchestrator Stuart Morley (he/him), Stage Manager Waverley Moran (she/they), Production Manager Misha Mah (they/them), Casting Director Peter Noden (he/him), and Producer / General Manager Jodee Conrad (she/her). The satirical musical follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man”, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. Book tickets for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Southwark Playhouse Borough  More about the cast Annie Aitken (she/her) as Hedy LaRue. An Australian music theatre leading lady, Annie’s many leading roles include Millie Dumont in  ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ opposite Marina Prior, and Cunégonde in ‘Candide’ at the Sydney Opera House opposite Caroline O’Connor, Paulette in ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’, Nellie Melba (lead role) in 'Melba: A New Musical’ and the original cast of ‘Muriel’s Wedding the Musical’. In the UK she was Madame in ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ at Hope Mill Theatre. Taylor Bradshaw (he/him) as Mr Bert Bratt.Taylor was in the recent acclaimed production of ‘Spring Awakening’ at Almeida Theatre and ‘42nd Street’ at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. He will be seen in the upcoming ‘Barbie’ feature film.  Allie Daniel (she/her) as Rosemary Pilkington.Allie’s recent credits include ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’, directed by Lucy Moss at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, ‘Happy Meal’ (Theatre Royal Plymouth), ‘Priscilla Queen Of The Desert’ (UK tour), and ‘Rent’ (Hope Mill Theatre). Gabrielle Friedman (she/they) as J. Pierrepont Finch.A recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Gabrielle was in the ‘Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends’ West End gala and ‘Maria & Friends: Legacy’ (Menier Chocolate Factory). While training she played Mary Flynn in Sondheim’s ‘Merrily We Roll Along’. Elliot Gooch (he/him) as Bud Frump.Elliot’s recent credits include Dorian Gray in ‘Dorian: A Rock Musical’ (The Other Palace), 1st Cover Danny & Kenickie in ‘Grease’ (UK tour), ‘Once On This Island’ (Southwark Playhouse). He can be see in the film ‘All Those Things’. Grace Kanyamibwa (she/her) as Miss Jones.A recent graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Grace’s credits include ‘The Book of Mormon’ (UK tour). While training she played The Player in ‘Pippin‘ and Rose in ‘Gypsy’. Danny Lane (he/him) as Mr Twimble/Mr Wally Womper.Danny recently appeared in the West End as Dating Agency Agent  in ‘Only Fools and Horses the Musical’. He was Comptroller Schub in ‘Anyone Can Whistle’ (Southwark Playhouse), ‘Soho Cinders’ (Charing Cross Theatre) and Kris Kringle in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (UK tour). Milo McCarthy (they/them) as Mr Milton Gatch.A recent graduate of Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Milo recently toured the UK as Billy in ‘Birds and the Bees’, and was in ‘Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ (Hope Mill Theatre). While training they played the title role in ‘Pippin’. Verity Power (she/her) as Smitty.Verity’s recent credits include ‘Trump L’Oeil’ (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde’ and ‘Zombies: The Musical’ (The Other Palace) Tracie Bennett (she/her) as J.B. BiggleyLast seen in London as Carlotta in the National Theatre production of ‘Follies’, Tracie recently played Alice in ‘Hangmen’ on Broadway and starred as Mame in ‘Mame’ at Hope Mill Theatre. She is also well known for playing the role of Sharon Gaskell in ‘Coronation Street’ from 1982 to 1984, returning to the role in 1999 and again in 2021. Among her many musical theatre starring roles, she received two Olivier Awards for Best Supporting Role in a Musical for her performances in the musicals ‘She Loves Me’ and ‘Hairspray’ with additional nominations for her work in ‘High Society’ and ‘Follies’. She was also nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical as Mrs Henderson in ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’, while her performance as Judy Garland in ‘End of the Rainbow’ earned her an Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Play and a Tony Award nomination in the same category when the production transferred to Broadway.
Tracie Bennett to star in How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying at Southwark Playhouse
Georgie Rankcom's re-imagined new production of classic Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying has announced further casting. Coming to Southwark Playhouse Borough this spring, the show will feature West End and Broadway star Tracie Bennett as J B Biggley, the boss in the musical, a role usually played by a man. Tracie Bennett has played numerous starring stage roles, including recent turns in Hangmen on Broadway, Follies at the National Theatre, and Mame at Hope Mill Theatre. She has also picked up two Olivier Awards, four nominations and a Tony nod! Tracie is also well known for playing the recurring role of Sharon Gaskell in Coronation Street. The show also features the voice of Ru Paul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage as 'The Book', with further casting to be announced. This revival of Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls) and Abe Burrows’ Broadway musical is helmed by director Georgie Rankcom, and plays at the Southwark Playhouse Borough from 12 May to 17 June 2023. Watch Tracie Bennett announce the news! https://youtu.be/Uz4vUZcYWX0 A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, it follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man”, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. Tracie Bennett said in a video statement: “I’m excited to tell you that I’m coming back to London to start rehearsing the 1960s satirical musical, ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. I’ll be playing a man. Yes, it was bound to happen some time, wasn’t it? With these very dulcet tones of mine! Looking forward to it very much. Lots of love for now and I’ll see you soon!” Director Georgie Rankcom (Anyone Can Whistle) said: “Our approach to this wonderful show is to trust the brilliant original and let the satire shine. To find the best possible company to tell this story, we expanded our ideas of who can play and embody these roles. When you’re looking for someone with the charisma and  power to be the high powered boss with a flare for the occasional musical number, Tracie Bennett quickly becomes the top choice. I’m honoured and excited to be working with her on bringing this new version of ‘How to Succeed’ to the stage.”  The full creative team consists of Director Georgie Rankcom (they/them), Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento (she/her), Musical Director Natalie Pound (she/her), Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon (she/her) Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán (she/her), Sound Designer Joshua Robins (he/him), Orchestrator Stuart Morley (he/him), Stage Manager Waverley Moran (she/they), Production Manager Misha Mah (they/them), Casting Director Peter Noden (he/him), Producer / General Manager Jodee Conrad (she/her). Book tickets for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Southwark Playhouse Borough 
Southwark Playhouse to revive How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying
A new production of musical How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying is heading to Southwark Playhouse Borough this spring. Featuring the voice of Ru Paul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage as 'The Book', this revival of Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls) and Abe Burrows’ Broadway musical is helmed by director Georgie Rankcom. The show will play the Southwark Playhouse Borough from 12 May to 17 June 2023. This 'Best Musical' Tony Award winner was last revived on Broadway in 2011 starring Daniel Radcliffe. A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, it follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man”, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. Further casting for the show is to be announced. Joining Georgie Rankcom in the creative team is Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento; Musical Director Natalie Pound; Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon; Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán; Sound Designer Jake Johnson; Orchestrator Stuart Morley; Stage Manager Waverley Moran; Production Manager Misha Mah; Casting Director Peter Noden; and Producer / General Manager Jodee Conrad. Director Georgie Rankcom (Anyone Can Whistle) said in a press statement: "This show has always intrigued me and to have the chance to bring it to life at Southwark Playhouse is incredibly exciting. We hope that this version will resonate with a new generation of theatergoers who will see just how brilliant and incisive the piece really is. Existing fans of the show will see and hear everything they love but presented by a cast and team who represent the society that we live in now. We plan to find new and exciting talents to bring this story to life as it’s never been seen before. We’re excited to embrace the absurdity of the show through a modern lens, whilst retaining all the wit and DNA of the original. Expect big laughs, big musical numbers and big heart, all in a small space that allows you to feel like you’re a part of the action.” Book tickets for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Southwark Playhouse Borough 
Jonathan Groff and Cynthia Erivo star in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
Jonathan Groff and Cynthia Erivo to star in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Royal Festival Hall American stage and TV star Jonathan Groff and West End star Cynthia Erivo are to star in a one-off UK concert production of the hit musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Royal Festival Hall. Groff will lead the production playing ambitious aspiring businessman J. Pierrepont Finch with Cynthia Erivo playing his love interest Rosemary.  Also featuring will be Hannah Waddingham as Heddy LaRue, Clarke Peters as J B Biggley, Clive Rowe as Mr Twimble, Ashley Robinson as Bud Frump and Amy Ellen Richardson as Smitty This classic Broadway song and dance show will be directed by Jonathan Butterell and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is a one-off concert production which will be performed on 19 May 2015 the Royal Festival Hall. STORY Set in New York in the early 1960s, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying chronicles the meteoric rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window cleaner who buys a book about rising up the corporate ladder. After following the book's instructions, Pierrepont Finch soars to the top of his company, dodging more than a few obstacles on the way. These come in the form of rivals such as Bud Frump and J. B. Biggley. According to the book, professional life and work life shouldn't mix. This is a rule that Finch finds hard to follow when he falls in love with Rosemary, one of his company's secretaries. As Finch's confidence grows, he relies more on his charm and less on the book. A dangerous move indeed... BOOKING Booking opens soon - check back for details.SIGN UP to our offer alerts to be the first to hear about booking >

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