Drury Lane Theatre Royal

Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF GB

42nd Street

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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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Press Reviews

The mother of all showbiz musicals The Telegraph

Utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz The Times

It roars where others purr The Stage

A golden spectacle of showbiz glamour Time Out

Customer Reviews

What to expect:

Acting

Music

Costumes

Story

Lighting

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Anyone
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Families
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Teenagers
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Couples
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Theatregoers
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based on 751 reviews

Simply a must!

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Just stunning!

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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.


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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.


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A feel good show.A thoroughly happy experience.

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Great show but not some mens cup of tea


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Impressive

Excellent show, so much energy, especially the tap dancing


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Colorful and euphonic

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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.


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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!


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Fantastic not to be missed.

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


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Amazing

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


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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 !!!


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


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Pretty cool musical!

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


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Best show ever

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Recommend

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Amazing

Great show


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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.


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Perfect

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


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Epitomy of "The Musical"

No one enjoyed it more than I !


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STUNNING

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Happiness

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sublime

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


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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.


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What an ensemble

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


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A must see musical , brilliant dancing

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A must see in historic theatre

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


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It was fabulous

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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.


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Exceptional theatre performannce

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


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What a spectacular show

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A wonderful oldie.

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


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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.


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Fantastic show

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


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enjoyable, cheerful, colorful, a lot of dancing

you enjoy every minute


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Must see!

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


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Best show in London

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


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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!


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A must see

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Sensational

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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.


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Colorful fun happy

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


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Spectacular

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


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Must see

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Sooo good!

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Amaizing!!!!!

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


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Classical musical at it's best

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

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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.


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


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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.


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Amazing!

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


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Just fantastic

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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.


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Magic x

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


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Wonderful and exciting

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A must see

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Brilliant

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


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Fantastic

Brilliant performances from a wonderful cast.


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Wonderful dancing

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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


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Pieno di colori e luci

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Back in Time, Classical sound

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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!


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Amazing show for Christmas

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Perfect thanks 🙏

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Wonderful entertaining colourful exceptional dancing

Bonnie Langford singing exceptional loved the production from start to finish


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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.


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What a joy!

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


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Entertaining

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Incredible. Must see tap dancing!

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Fantastic, one of the best

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


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Wonderful experience and singing was great! Worth watching

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Amazing !!


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Exceptional

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


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Lovely


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Awesome

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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!


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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!


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Must return to see again

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i've never seen anything like that

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Amazinggggg

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


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Jazzy

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Entertainment at its best

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Toe tapping spectacular

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Shiney and Clappable

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


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Best show ever seen!

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


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Fab costumes and music

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


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Classy, beautiful, entertaining!

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Brilliant


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great steps show !

funny story , great dancers. a bit too long!


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Fabulous

Absolutely fab


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Excellent

Would recommend to anyone, brilliant.


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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


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Awesome

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


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Amazing

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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.


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Must see!

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Entertaining

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03 Apr 2017

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42nd Street Returns to the West End

13 Aug 2016

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Drury Lane Theatre Royal
Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF GB

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  • Capacity: 2200
  • Year built: 1812