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42nd Street

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Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
42nd Street description

This is the stuff dreams are made of. If you've ever wished you had what it takes to be a leading light on the musical stage, you can experience the thrill vicariously thanks to the star of this heart-warming, funny production. Meet young Peggy Sawyer, who arrives on New York's Broadway fresh from a tiny hayseed town in middle America, determined to become a star.

42nd Street is an American musical dating back to the 1930s. The movie was set in 1933 when Art Deco style ruled the day and the world was changing fast. It was also the time of the USA's Great Depression. The book was by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, the lyrics by Al Dubin, the wonderful, magical music by Harry Warren. A brilliant revival of the original, on stage for the first time in 1981, won that year's Tony Award for Best Musical. And this is the first time the show has been staged in theatreland since 1990.

The new production kicks off previews in late on 20th March and will be directed by the original co-author Mark Bramble, an extra treat for audiences. The original West End production included Catherine Zeta-Jones in the cast and won the Olivier for best musical in 1984. Zeta-Jones was only a second understudy but, like the fictional star of the show Peggy, she got the chance to perform when the leading lady Barbara King and her first understudy happened to fall ill. A Broadway revival in 2001 brought further accolades, including the Tony award for Best Musical Revival.

The cast is enormous and they more or less all sing and dance, quite a sight. The costumes are set to be spectacular, as you'd expect from a plot set in the glittering 1930s. And those gorgeous, lush show tunes sound just as fresh, just as lovely. In fact the revival's producers are promising even more singing and dancing than ever before, with extra colour and sparkle plus extra songs and dances.

The theme of the piece remains the same, and it's inspirational: follow your bliss, harness your talent, work hard and dreams can – and do – come true.

42nd Street – The story

42nd Street is set in Depression-era New York, during the 1930s. Peggy hails from a small town in Pennsylvania, but her dreams are larger than life. The legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh notices her and awards her a place in the cast of Pretty Lady, his latest Broadway show. The star is Dorothy Brock, an ageing Broadway diva who dislikes Peggy on sight. Dorothy is injured during the previews, but Peggy saves the day by taking on the lead role. And she's brilliant.

Peggy’s rise from showgirl to star is what dreams are made of. The story is told via a non-stop feast of complex tap dances, well-loved musical theatre hits and massive ensemble numbers. And it's set to break records in the West End. We can't wait!

42nd Street tickets – A revival to end all revivals

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42nd Street reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 752 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
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Recommended for:

Anyone (83%)
Families (89%)
Teenagers (86%)
Couples (92%)
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Latest customer reviews
Nuria
Simply a must!

Reviewed on 07 January 2019 by , Barcelona, Spain

Hilary
Just stunning!

Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by , Brighton, United Kingdom

Ashley
Tapping good

The tap dancing was awesome, made the show different from others and the crowd was always cheering them on. Highly recommend for anyone to see.

Reviewed on 05 January 2019 by , Calne, United Kingdom

Marion
Excellent dancing.

It‘s a dancing show. Singing is average. The story is banal. Peggy Sawyer was a world class stepping dancer, Dorothy a a singer not at her top.

Reviewed on 03 January 2019 by , Hof, Germany

Malcolm
A feel good show.A thoroughly happy experience.

Reviewed on 03 January 2019 by , East Grinstead, United Kingdom

Jon

Great show but not some mens cup of tea

Reviewed on 02 January 2019 by , Chatham, United Kingdom

JOHN
Impressive

Excellent show, so much energy, especially the tap dancing

Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by , Crawley, United Kingdom

Gulsum
Colorful and euphonic

Reviewed on 31 December 2018 by , Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Jean-Luc
A true classical musical

For anyone who has never seen a musical this is a wonderfull expérience. The costumes, lights, dancers, direction, are exceptional. The dancers are fabulous : penny is exceptional, a great and talentuous dancer. We were a little disappointed by the music which reflects the gold âge of musicals but is a little bit ...outdated.

Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by , Suresnes, France

Julia
A rythm that makes you wanna dance

It's all about swing! The magnificent band made us wanting to jump from our seats. The tap dance was amazing. As another visitor said: it just makes you feel good!

Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by , Brussels, Belgium

Bridget
Fantastic not to be missed.

Loved the show from start to finish nonstop music colour and dancing, fantastic, don't be late.

Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

sarah
Amazing

Love the show I could sit and see it a thousand times

Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by , Teynham Kent, United Kingdom

Nelson
Surely, it is a MUST SEE

That was my fifth (5th) time to watch this musical play, I was so much intrigued by its story, music, costumes and acting. This show is so grand and dancing was just too incredible !!!

Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by , North Vancouver, Canada

Julie

Fun, lively & very entertaining. My daughter is a dancer & her feet were tapping away through the show.

Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by , Warrington, United Kingdom

CK
Pretty cool musical!

Storyline and musical is good. Certain part repetitive and lack of innovative ideas. Sound system too soft.

Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Georgios
Best show ever

Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by , Soham, United Kingdom

Tak
Recommend

Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by , Ipswich, United Kingdom

Andrea
Amazing

Great show

Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by , Twickenham, United Kingdom

Tony
Faultless !

If there is one musical every theatregoer should see at least once in their lifetime , it is 42nd street. The best routines, best songs, best costumes, best scenery, best tap dancing and a heart warming storyline. What more do you want. Well done anyone who's ever been involved in making the professional show such a hit over the years, true stars.

Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by , Dersingham, United Kingdom

Karla
Perfect

The show is perfect! We enjoyed it a lot. The dance is SO good and also the story. LOVE IT!!!

Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Julie
Epitomy of "The Musical"

No one enjoyed it more than I !

Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by , Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom

Andrea
STUNNING

Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Marcel
Happiness

Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by , Sassenheim, Netherlands

Robert
sublime

the show has everything a musical should have. The dancing was just superb

Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by , Lanrelas, France

Guy
Great 1930s Nostalgia

Wonderful songs and tap dancing. The story is a bit cheesy of course, but that is all part of the charm. It is fast, funny and pretty irresistible.

Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by , Paris, France

Ronen
What an ensemble

The ensemble of this show was so incredibly talented. The dance numbers were jaw- dropping. It was amazing

Reviewed on 25 December 2018 by , Amstelveen, Netherlands

raymond
A must see musical , brilliant dancing

Reviewed on 24 December 2018 by , Rockingham, Australia

Kathryn
A must see in historic theatre

Fast paced and entertaining with gorgeous costumes and delightful tap dancing. Not to be missed.

Reviewed on 24 December 2018 by , Toronto, Canada

Elaine
It was fabulous

Reviewed on 23 December 2018 by , Foulridge, United Kingdom

Jacqueline
If you like tap dancing and good music this is for you.

Great show beautiful costumes and mind blowing dancing . Very clever sets on stage, well done to all the people involved in putting this show together.

Reviewed on 22 December 2018 by , Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

Rachel
Exceptional theatre performannce

A must see for any theatre lover. Never seen a show like it. Performance on another scale. Simply brilliant!

Reviewed on 22 December 2018 by , Hounslow, United Kingdom

Dorian
What a spectacular show

Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by , Forest Row, United Kingdom

Karen
A wonderful oldie.

This is a full razzmatazz musical with tremendous tap dancing and singing. Not always as crisp as I would have imagined.

Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by , Farnham, United Kingdom

Caroline
Fabulous night out!

If you are a fan of song and dance, this an evening of pure pleasure. A huge cast with so much amazing talent. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by , Hungerford, United Kingdom

Katherine
Fantastic show

Amazing costumes. Great energy and thoroughly enjoyable. Dancing is brilliant. Would see again.

Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by , Aston Clinton, United Kingdom

maria del carmen
enjoyable, cheerful, colorful, a lot of dancing

you enjoy every minute

Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Peggy
Must see!

Great show, music, acting, singing and dancing!!

Reviewed on 19 December 2018 by , Wervik, Belgium

Gillian
Best show in London

If you like tapdancing this is the best show you will ever see. Wonderful

Reviewed on 18 December 2018 by , Dover, United Kingdom

Anja
A pure delight!

It was simply fun! From the first music piece to the finale it meant great music, great acting, a wonderful scenery and fantastic costumes, I‘m definitely going to see the show again with family and friends!

Reviewed on 18 December 2018 by , Kreuzlingen, Switzerland

Ronald
A must see

Reviewed on 18 December 2018 by , Rainham Essex, United Kingdom

Victoria
Sensational

Reviewed on 17 December 2018 by , Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Patricia
Everything was outstanding!

This show is fast-paced and slick. It's visually stunning and some of the costume changes have to be seen to be believed! A wonderful experience.

Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by , Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

Ruth
Colorful fun happy

Great costumes, great stage changes unbelievable. Dancing out of this world

Reviewed on 15 December 2018 by , Nottwil, Switzerland

robert
Spectacular

Very lavish production with absolutely amazing costumes and sets. Very lively and energetic with a superb cast.

Reviewed on 13 December 2018 by , Sheffield, United Kingdom

CIGDEM
Must see

Reviewed on 11 December 2018 by , Istanbul, Turkey

Carina
Sooo good!

Reviewed on 11 December 2018 by , Haselünne, Germany

Piotr
Amaizing!!!!!

One of the best in my life! Dancing and timing, funny dialogs, music, sound effects, special effects

Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by , Cracow, Poland

Ilya
Classical musical at it's best

Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by , Haifa, Israel

Dustie
Good, but not all the dancers/singers were as I would have expected for a show of this caliber.

Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by , Brown Candover, United Kingdom

Angela
Fantastic dance , wonderful costumes.

What a simply stunning show the dance is out of this world, dazzling costumes and not a dull moment.An impressive and talented cast a must see before it finishes its run.

Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by , Stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom

Suzanne

Amazing dancers and choreography was phenomenal. It just pulled you in.

Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by , Annan, United Kingdom

Raymond
WONDERFUL!

Can't imagine anyone other than possibly Jeremy Kyle disliking this show. Amazing energy, vitality and fitness.Tremendous number of scene and set changes carried out flawlessly. Dancing and singing superb.

Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by , Birmingham, United Kingdom

Samuel
Amazing!

Beautiful, colorful, spectacular show! Amazing actors, elegant costumes and incredible dances! I strongly recommend it.

Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by , Lorentzweiler, Luxembourg

Jenny
Just fantastic

Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by , Grange-over-sands, United Kingdom

Jocelyne
Classic showstopper

Fantastic show. Saw it a few weeks ago and booked tickets to see it again straight away! Proper wow factor, incredible dancers, staging, lighting. It was fantastic.

Reviewed on 07 December 2018 by , Crawley, United Kingdom

susan
Magic x

This was amazing bonus to seethe stars involved well done everyone xx

Reviewed on 07 December 2018 by , Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Sandra
Wonderful and exciting

Reviewed on 07 December 2018 by , Wisbech, United Kingdom

Francis
A must see

Reviewed on 06 December 2018 by , Kortrijk, Belgium

Colin
Brilliant

Superb dancing. Great nostalgic songs. Brilliant costumes and amazingly quick changes. Get in quick as it ends soon.

Reviewed on 05 December 2018 by , Edenbridge, United Kingdom

Carole
Fantastic

Brilliant performances from a wonderful cast.

Reviewed on 05 December 2018 by , Basildon, United Kingdom

MIRO
Wonderful dancing

Reviewed on 04 December 2018 by , Sondrio, Italy

Stephen
Good fast and up beat

Kept you involved ,a great show to take in , much better than I was expecting , give it a try you will not be disappointed

Reviewed on 04 December 2018 by , Measham, United Kingdom

ROBERTA
Pieno di colori e luci

Reviewed on 03 December 2018 by , Roma, United Kingdom

Louis
Back in Time, Classical sound

Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Anne
Lots of impressive dance moves and amazing costumes

I am not usually a big fan of going to musicals, but to my surprise I really enjoyed 42nd Street. The dancing was very impressive, the story was funny and there were some very creative props and costumes. So a lot to see!

Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

JEAN FRANCOIS
Amazing show for Christmas

Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by , Clamart, France

Dina
Perfect thanks 🙏

Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by , Ma'alot-tarshiha, Israel

Susan
Wonderful entertaining colourful exceptional dancing

Bonnie Langford singing exceptional loved the production from start to finish

Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by , Deal, United Kingdom

Helen
Lively

Great costumes and performance. Highly recommend. Balcony front row seats were difficult for taller people as you are required to lean forward. A more comfortable view from higher seats. Tickets easy to collect at the door.

Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by , Greenwich, Australia

Justine
What a joy!

A journey to the 1930s! Great quality show and Perfect view from our grand circle seats.

Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Alison
Entertaining

Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by , Lytham St Anne’s, United Kingdom

ka
Incredible. Must see tap dancing!

Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by , Tessarina, Singapore

edmund
Fantastic, one of the best

A wonderfully entertaining show with great choreography, an excellent orchestra and good singers.

Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Lay Hong
Wonderful experience and singing was great! Worth watching

Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by , Ave 2, Singapore

karen

Amazing !!

Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by , York, United Kingdom

Anne
Exceptional

Very professional, excellent timing on intricate footwork.Many familiar songs, amusing in parts and ran smoothly.

Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by , Stanford Le Hope, United Kingdom

Yasmin

Lovely

Reviewed on 28 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Steve
Awesome

Reviewed on 28 November 2018 by , Bridgwater, United Kingdom

Yvonne
Brilliant!

My son and I absolutely loved 42nd street. From start to finish it had me toe tapping and amazed at the stunning performance. I would highly recommend you buy your tickets to see this, before it closes. A great show!

Reviewed on 27 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Miss
Absolutely stunning show

Don't miss the opportunity to see this fantastic show before it leaves the West End in January. The dancing is exhilarating!

Reviewed on 27 November 2018 by , Glasgow, United Kingdom

Cenk
Must return to see again

Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Erdem
i've never seen anything like that

Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by , Istanbul, Turkey

Bernadette
Amazinggggg

Really good. Very talented performers. Dancing was great and better than i expected.

Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by , Sudbury, United Kingdom

Gozde
Jazzy

Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Manfred
Entertainment at its best

Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by , Vienna, Austria

Kay
Toe tapping spectacular

Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by , Porth, United Kingdom

Elisa
Shiney and Clappable

Absolute must-see-show Very much entertaining with shiney clothes and lighting, and enjoyable music with tapping feet-s

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by , Toronto, Canada

Lana
Best show ever seen!

Thank you so much. It was best show I ever seen!

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by , Mayfair, United Kingdom

Joanne
Fab costumes and music

Came out with a really great feel good and uplifted. A must see for anyone.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by , Wakefield, United Kingdom

Andreas
Classy, beautiful, entertaining!

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Charles

Brilliant

Reviewed on 22 November 2018 by , Tadworth, United Kingdom

Mihaela
great steps show !

funny story , great dancers. a bit too long!

Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by , Holon, Israel

Joanne
Fabulous

Absolutely fab

Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by , Hinckley, United Kingdom

David
Excellent

Would recommend to anyone, brilliant.

Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by , Chorley, United Kingdom

John
Brilliant Tap Dancing

I am not a lover of dancing generally, but the energy and action the players did, was absolutely brilliant. We very much enjoyed the show

Reviewed on 18 November 2018 by , Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Sue
Awesome

If you like dance and music you will love this show Stunning costumes and dance routines

Reviewed on 18 November 2018 by , Warrington, United Kingdom

Lynne
Amazing

Reviewed on 16 November 2018 by , Sheffield, United Kingdom

Mandy
A show for musical theatre lovers it to miss!

It's a great theatre and a great show. I loved the energy of the dances.

Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by , Chislehurst, United Kingdom

Derya
Must see!

Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

Ricardo
Entertaining

Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by , Beckenham, United Kingdom

09 Nov
2018
Phil Willmott

10 Reasons to See 42nd Street before it closes

by Phil Willmott | Friday, November 9 2018, 15:23

42nd Street Several big musicals have announced closing dates in the West End after long, critically acclaimed runs. Don’t miss out. There’s plenty of reasons to hurry to these fantastic shows before they’re gone.

10 Reasons to See 42nd Street before it closes
06 Apr
2017
Stacey Tyler

Review: 42nd STREET at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane

by Stacey Tyler | Thursday, April 6 2017, 14:20

42nd Street42nd Street was last seen at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane on London’s West End in 1984. Now playing at the same theatre as it did then, it is undeniably back where it belongs. Keeping its loyalty to the story yet putting a new and exciting spin on the show itself, this is the perfect revival of such an amazing old fashioned musical. The score is wonderful, and vividly brought to life by Jae Alexander and his 18 strong orchestra. With songs such as 'We're in the Money', 'Lullaby of Broadway' and the title number '42nd Street' this is one musical that will have you tapping your feet all the way home!

Review: 42nd STREET at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane
03 Apr
2017
Stuart King

Everything you need to know about 42ND STREET at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

by Stuart King | Monday, April 3 2017, 09:20

42nd Street This musical is Broadway's story about Broadway; those for whom it is home and the starstruck, from-out-of-town wannabes eager for their big break, a slice of success in the spotlight and with a bit of luck, (or someone else's misfortune), a fleeting dalliance with stardom.

Everything you need to know about 42ND STREET at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
13 Aug
2016
Phil Willmott

42nd Street Returns to the West End

by Phil Willmott | Saturday, August 13 2016, 14:45

42nd Street 42ND STREET, one of the most joyful and life affirming celebrations of Musical Theatre is to get a big west End revival in March 2017 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in a new production directed by Broadway veteran Mark Bramble. Bramble has staged the show many times and is joined by his previous collaborators Douglas W Schmidt (Set Designer) and Roger Kirk (Costume Designer)

42nd Street Returns to the West End