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Alexandra Burke, Denise Van Outen, Duncan James
Enjoy gritty, sensual Chicago, a glamorous tale of murder
Six Tony awards, two Olivier awards and a packed house for every performance make Chicago a runaway stage hit. Based on the true tale of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, revealed by Chicago Tribune journalist Maurine Dallas Watkins and based on the subsequent book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Chicago first hit Broadway in 1926. Cecil B DeMille directed a silent movie of the story in 1927 and Ginger Rogers starred in the 1942 film. After Maurine Dallas Watkins died, the story was finally turned into a musical… and the rest is history! Songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote the musical score, making Chicago one of the hottest shows on earth.
Chicago – The story
It’s the 1920s and two divas, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, are imprisoned on death row. One murdered her husband and sister, who were having an affair. The other killed her lover. The women hire the fiery lawyer Billy Flynn to influence the jury, get themselves acquitted and bring about a national media storm that’ll put them firmly on the road to stardom. But will it work out?
You’ll be captivated by this intricate, adult tale of adultery and death. It’s a compelling story of fame and fortune, set to a lively, thrilling jazz based score with sexy, sensuous choreography. Fans of black drama and feisty women will adore Chicago, whose slick, glamorous showmanship has audiences cheering Velma and Roxie along from start to finish, despite the fact that they’ve committed murder.
Chicago song list
You’ll recognise many if not all of the well-known tunes from Chicago, and they’ll have you dancing in your seats. Starting off with All That Jazz, Funny Honey and When You're Good to Mama join Cell Block Tango, All I Care About and A Little Bit of Good, the story is driven along by deliciously typical jazz based tunes like We Both Reached for the Gun, Roxie, I Can't Do It Alone and My Own Best Friend. Act two delivers I Know a Girl, Me and My Baby and Mr Cellophane. When Velma Takes the Stand, Razzle Dazzle and Class move the story to its dramatic conclusion, with Nowadays, and Hot Honey Rag heralding the unforgettable finale.
Chicago theatre tickets to suit every budget and occasion
Because it deals with adult themes, this show isn’t suitable for the under 12s. We provide a choice of Chicago tickets to suit every budget, with good availability. Book through us and you can choose your seats before you confirm your booking!
Martin Kemp is set to star in the West End production of Chicago, taking over from Cuba Gooding Jnr as Billy Flynn on 2nd July and will appear until 1st September.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (51%)
Seen Chicago now four times over a number of years. It never disappoints!
Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by Angela, Wadhurst, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by Florian, Geneva 23, Switzerland
A classic Great-White-Way show. The actors brought the story to life. One of the best plays I've seen in years
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Shawn, Virginia Beach, United States Of America
Reviewed on 22 December 2018 by Samira, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 December 2018 by Tony, Valkenswaard, Netherlands
Disrupted by several late arrivals allowed in the theatre half way through the first act! This should not be allowed to happen.
Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by Annamaria, Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by Valeriya, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by Kenneth, Hungerford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 December 2018 by Roger, Perth, United Kingdom
Really pleased to find our tickets had been upgraded to four rows from the front. Amazing cast and crew. Caroline was brilliant x
Reviewed on 12 December 2018 by Joanne, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by Darren, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Great energy and outstanding music. I just missed the sharpness if the story - no sarcasm came through the singing.
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Katrina, Whitstable, United Kingdom
It was everything and more.
Reviewed on 05 December 2018 by Barbie, Visalia, United States Of America
Reviewed on 05 December 2018 by Kien Tian, Singapore, Singapore
Very disappointed with the lack of energy of most actors One could feel they’ve performed it many many times and there was no sparkle. I planned this trip to London for weeks and left unhappy
Reviewed on 03 December 2018 by Anna, Worthing, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Emmanouil, Southampton, United Kingdom
Informed on arrival our seats had been changed ?reason, but i think we had better seats allocated in the stalls than we booked, so that was good. Although previously informed when booking tickets Duncan James would be starring in the show by an agent (the main reason for our trip!) he had apparently finished the week before much to our great disappointment after a long journey. Although a regular theatre goers - sadly this is one show we wont be booking again
Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by Elizabeth, Crowborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 November 2018 by Luis, Madrid, Spain
Reviewed on 27 November 2018 by Michael, Cambridge, United Kingdom
The singing and dancing were amazing! I preferred the first half to the second.
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Katie, Exeter, United Kingdom
A very entertaining evening!! Exceeded expectations!! Highly recommended!
Reviewed on 21 November 2018 by Christina, London, United Kingdom
Very nice theatre
Reviewed on 20 November 2018 by Natalia, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 November 2018 by Chris, Solihull, United Kingdom
First time it was a dark performance over the years it has evolved into a lighter and more humorous performance which I like. That does not mean that the previous performances were worse.
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by John, Stockton On Tees, United Kingdom
I bought tickets for me and my mom on hers birthday. We had great time. She really enjoyed every min of the show. And said it was just a perfect birthday present. Thank you
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Diana, Bishop Strotfotd, United Kingdom
The singling and dancing was of a high standard and I thoroughly enjoyed it, however the storyline was slightly disappointing and a little hard to follow
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Teresa, Waltham Cross, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Joanne, Co Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by Maria, London, United Kingdom
The Phoenix threatre is bijoux, so seating where ever you are is not a problem, you will get a good view. The show is fantastic and Duncan James just brilliant as Billy Flynn. Velma and foxy and mamma are amazing too. There are some raunchy, scantily clad dancers, that add sizzle. The humour is top notch and so is the singing and dancing. One word of caution, the theatre is baking hot, wear layers, so you can strip. Fabulous night out....loved it.
Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by Jacqui, Windsor, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 November 2018 by Delia, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 November 2018 by Karim, Marrakech, Morocco
Reviewed on 04 November 2018 by Maria, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 November 2018 by Richard, Höllviken, Sweden
Reviewed on 04 November 2018 by Karl, Paignton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 November 2018 by Michelle, London, United Kingdom
A fast paced dance and sing show. Probably for a adult audience. Funny, sharp ,entertainment at its best
Reviewed on 30 October 2018 by Ingrid, Weltevreden Park 1715, South Africa
Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Jan, Bekkestua, Norway
This was a great show with well thought out staging. The Grand circle seats are quite high up and therefore would not recommend for people with walking difficulties. We were very fortunate to be given alternative seats and the theatre staff were very accommodating. Definitely worth a visit. Highlights were Duncan James and Alexandra Burke.
Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Pauline, Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
A fantastic show! I’d been highly recommended to go and see Chicago and it did not disappoint. The cast, the orchestra, the costumes, everything was amazing. Definitely a must see!
Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Dawn, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 October 2018 by Leanne, Romford, United Kingdom
The coreos were a little basics, but the voices and actings were awesome!
Reviewed on 25 October 2018 by María Alejandra, Montevideo, Uruguay
Reviewed on 21 October 2018 by Paulo, Quarteira, Portugal
Theatre is far too small and the orchestra were on stage with the band which just meant it was very crammed. There were only 2 probs in the whole show which was surprising. Not the best show at all for what we paid. Wouldn’t watch it again.
Reviewed on 21 October 2018 by Paul, Westcliff On Sea, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 October 2018 by Mia, Ohope, New Zealand
As huge fans of the film, we surprised our best friend getting her tickets for the show. The singing, dancing, and performing is simply excellent. I just would have wished if the volume of the mics was slightly louder for a better immersive experience in the Chicago from the 1920's.
Reviewed on 18 October 2018 by Julia, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by Dawn, Aubrey, United States Of America
As a fan of the music, I was pleasantly surprised to be blown away more by the acting than the singing! Everything was delightfully tongue-in-cheek, with much care taken to utilise most of the stage (less on the left end). Well worth a watch for someone looking for a lighter musical with some cheek!
Reviewed on 15 October 2018 by Melesa, Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed on 14 October 2018 by Corinne, Viarmes, France
An amazing show. Don’t go in comparing to the movie because it’s brilliant in its own right. The music was utterly faultless and the dancing was sensational. Well done cast!
Reviewed on 10 October 2018 by Lauren, Acton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 October 2018 by Andrew, London, United Kingdom
I've watched the movie many times then I came to see this show. It's different than I imagined, but quite good as well!
Reviewed on 08 October 2018 by Peishu, Shenzhen, China
Reviewed on 07 October 2018 by Doriane, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 September 2018 by Ruth, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
This was quite unusual, no hiding the band in a pit, they were dominant and a large part of the show. As for sets - there weren't any! It shouldn't have worked, but it absolutely did. Excellent cast, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reviewed on 09 September 2018 by Michael, Clitheroe, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 September 2018 by Hannah, Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Great show. Great cast. Watchable all the way through. I have recently seen Dreamgirls and Strictly Ballroom. There is no comparison. In my view it proves the older shows are far better than any of the new ones
Reviewed on 07 September 2018 by Denise, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 August 2018 by Louise, Sanderstead, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 August 2018 by Angela, Poole, United Kingdom
I was expecting a spectacular especially with such great music. Fell flat for some reason.
Reviewed on 26 August 2018 by Joanne, Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 August 2018 by Tegan, Mooloolaba, Australia
Enjoyed the show and got upgraded which was fantastic thanks very much
Reviewed on 08 August 2018 by Melissa, Bury, United Kingdom
Chicago lived up to all my expectations. The acting, dancing and singing was superb. I have loved the songs and movie version for years and was slightly apprehensive it would not live up to my expectations..it did not disappoint. Awesome night out
Reviewed on 05 August 2018 by Kirsty, Finstown, United Kingdom
Great Music and a very good show. Well worth a visit.
Reviewed on 01 August 2018 by Paul, Widnes, United Kingdom
Loved the show, especially the interaction with the band! Acting was brilliant, great to see Martin Kemp too. Seats comfortable but not much leg room (dress circle). Easy to collect the tickets from the box office 30mins before the show. Thanks for a fab night!
Reviewed on 26 July 2018 by Janice, Broughton Astley, United Kingdom
I really enjoyed it but after watching the film one too many times it just didn’t compare, it seemed in the beginning they just quickly whacked out alll the songs rather than going through the story I did however really enjoy it
Reviewed on 22 July 2018 by Kirby, New Eltham, United Kingdom
The whole cast were great with a special mention to Martin Kemp (well done).
Reviewed on 22 July 2018 by Loraine, West Malling, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Julie, Dundee, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Jennifer, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Annette, Salford Quays, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Dana, Carnegie, Australia
A bit disappointed that Cuba Gooding Jr wasn’t in the distribution any longer.
Reviewed on 18 July 2018 by Thierry, Confignon, Switzerland
Reviewed on 15 June 2018 by Marina, Jurmala, Latvia
First point I would like to say is, there was a big issue man who helped made the experience delightful. Usually when you go to purchase your tickets, the theatre staff are not around to guide you, however this man opened the doers, was kind enough to show the entrance. First impressions to me always count. The staff at the bar were very helpful, I appreciated the option to pre-order my drinks for the intermission break to avoid the que. This is my second visit to the Phoenix Theatre, the first was to watch Blood Brothers. On this occasion watching Chicago the seats were so incredibly cozy, I almost felt like I was watching the show in my sofa. I really enjoyed my visit, the actors put on an outstanding performance but I must give credit to the band who played for the audience entertainment for another five minutes after the performance had finished. This is the first time I can truly say I felt an overwhelming thrill from all involved in the production. A definite must see again.
Reviewed on 10 June 2018 by Desreen, London, United Kingdom
It had a comedy element, wonderful acting and lovely harmonies in the singing. Loved having a view of the orchestra
Reviewed on 10 June 2018 by Patrick, Ballingarry, Ireland
Reviewed on 08 June 2018 by Hyeokchan, Daejeon, Korea (south)
Great performance by all the actors and wonderful entertainment
Reviewed on 04 June 2018 by Erich, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 June 2018 by Maria Francisca, Zaragoza, Spain
We had great seats in the grand circle.The show was all round great. We turned up a little late but they still let us in which was kind. Once I got over the initial disappointment of finding out that Cuba GJ was not in the matinee show, I really enjoyed it.Make sure you know if the lead actor is in the show you have bought tickets for!
Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by Mitra, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Long time since I had been to West End show but can not believe why I have left it so long because of this fantastic show.Daily Telegragh had given show and Cuba Holding Jnr's performance a very good review - 5 stars which is why I wanted to see it.5 star rating thoroughly deserved. a very good review - 5 stars
Reviewed on 24 May 2018 by Sue, Chard, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 May 2018 by Marion, Paris, France
Great dance performance, engaging music- everyone on the live orchestra doing their best
Reviewed on 20 May 2018 by Pawel, Le Mont, Switzerland
Reviewed on 20 May 2018 by Daniel, Oberrieden, Switzerland
Reviewed on 20 May 2018 by Blanca, Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed on 25 April 2018 by Leigh-anne, Oxshott, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 April 2018 by Annemarie, New York, United States
I understood why Chicago is a classic: it is such an entertaining show! The cast was great and their singing and dancing were fantastic! Cuba Gooding Jr did not impress me that much, but the actress who played Roxxy killed it!
Reviewed on 18 April 2018 by Raul, Jyväskylä, Finland
This met our expectations and more. So glad we had the opportunity to see this show.
Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Joleen, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Great show, very minimal stage set up but great performances by all the cast draws you in to the story.
Reviewed on 09 April 2018 by Mark, Bristol, United Kingdom
Unfortunately the show disappointed deeply. Very childish performances at times. Singing and dancing very poor. Cuba Gooding Jr-not at his best. Costumes not existent, very boring. The stage does not change throughout, you are looking at the orchestra the whole evening. We left disappointed and ripped off.
Reviewed on 03 April 2018 by Jason, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 April 2018 by Sioned, Builth Wells, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 April 2018 by Israel, Ness-ziona, Israel
Reviewed on 30 March 2018 by Stuart, Leyland, United Kingdom
sad to say this was its final performance after a 15 year london run and was my 9 visit.will be sadly misses by many.
Reviewed on 06 September 2012 by Anonymous
The show is closing soon and it showed. the players seemed tired with it and the star replacment wooden. The male dancers looked good and were the best component of the evening
Reviewed on 31 August 2012 by Anonymous
Reviewed on 23 August 2012 by Anonymous
From start to finish Chicago is captivating vibrant sexy sassy and witty. The cast were amazing dance routines and lyrics spot on . A special mention for Robin Cousins aka Billy Flynn .... wow wow wow ! The Garrick a charming theatre staff friendly and helpful and the location perfect as was our night out !
Reviewed on 22 August 2012 by Anonymous
Took my father for his 70th b'day whilst visiting from Australia. He loved it. Hubby didn't enjoy it but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing though perhaps would have liked a few more stage props for a little bit of scenery change.
Reviewed on 05 August 2012 by Anonymous
by Phil Willmott | Wednesday, December 27 2017, 15:14
Hooray! From the end of March 2018 the West End is going to get a little sassier, more cynical and fierce with a revival of the celebrated 1996 Broadway production of CHICAGO by the song writing team behind CABARET, Kander and Ebb.2018 Preview: CHICAGO returns to the West End in March