facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11

Many theatre makers have not been able to work since last March - your support could be a lifeline for those in need now.

Fiddler Goodman_Henry 01

Henry Goodman in Fiddler On The Roof at the Savoy

Fiddler On The Roof

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 21 April 2008

Lindsay Posner’s new production of an ever-popular musical received a West End welcome last night as Fiddler On The Roof opened at the Savoy, following a transfer from the Sheffield Crucible. That ever-popular West End performer Henry Goodman takes centre stage as the man who holds the threads of this classic story together, Tevye. Caroline Bishop went to the first night…

Based on the stories of Russian Jew Shalom Aleichem, Fiddler On The Roof is set in 1905 in the village of Anatevka, Russia, where Tevye, a poor Jewish farmer, is trying to support his wife and five daughters. He dreams of being rich and finding wealthy husbands for his daughters, and keeps a running counsel with God, appealing to him to help him out. His life is built on his faith and tradition, as so proudly emphasised by Tevye and the villagers in the famous opening number.

While his wife, Golde (Beverley Klein), has regular updates from Anatevka’s official Matchmaker (Julie Legrand) as to who may be a suitable (for that read rich) match for their daughters, the three eldest – Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava – have other ideas. Life in the cities of Russia is changing and though Anatevka is far behind, the arrival of young radical Perchik (Damian Humbley) sends ripples through the traditions that until now have bound the girls to a future chosen by their parents.

Goodman’s Tevye is a proud, comic and endearingly lovable character, determined to uphold the Jewish traditions he holds so dear, and yet undermined by his love for his daughters and his penchant for a tipple or two. Head held high, arms outstretched, his whole body quivering with intense passion as he stamps out the song Tradition, there can be no doubt of the pride that Goodman injects into his portrayal of Tevye. His struggle to understand the changing world is touching; as one by one his daughters defy him and find their own husbands, he is mystified to realize that “love, it’s the new style”. His sweetly performed duet with his wife, Do You Love Me?, tugs at the heartstrings.

While the programme note describing Fiddler On The Roof as possibly the least glamorous of musicals is apt, this production injects charm into the story to make up for the lack of glamour. The ragged wooden set by Peter McKintosh effectively conjures a multitude of scenes as it revolves on a central platform; it is magically lit as the eponymous fiddler accompanies Tevye during his conversations with God. The choreography – reproduced by Sammy Dallas Bayes from Jerome Robbins’s original – is full of Jewish passion (including the classic bottle dance) and, of course, tradition, particularly during the wedding celebration when Tzeitel marries her childhood sweetheart Motel.

Though an ensemble piece with strong support from the central performances, this Fiddler On The Roof is very much Goodman’s show, and he marks his authority on the production with a stamp of his farmers’ boots.



Sign up

Related articles

Due to the current pandemic various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows. Please bear with us as we try to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you find a mistake, please let us know by emailing enquiries@soltukt.co.uk. If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

For more than 40 years, TKTS was our on-the-day theatre ticket box office in Leicester Square. Currently closed due to the current situation, we are now selling our great last minute seats and prices online. Click here to learn more.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.