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42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway, featuring the West End's biggest cast on Theatreland's oldest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Read More >

42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway, featuring the West End’s biggest cast on Theatreland’s oldest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Featuring the iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money, Lullaby Of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames and I Only Have Eyes For You, this is a musical unlike any other.

42nd Street follows young Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…

Based on the 1933 film of the same name, 42nd Street is one of the few great films to translate successfully to the stage. The show opened on Broadway in 1980, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Choreography and in London’s West End in 1984, when it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The 2001 Broadway revival then won the Tony for Best Revival.

In a remarkable cast of life imitating art, the 1984 London production featured a young Catherine Zeta-Jones. When both the lead actress and her understudy were unable to go on, Zeta-Jones filled in, and was so impressive that shortly afterwards she was cast in the role permanently.

Following in the footsteps of Sheena Easton and Lulu, national treasure Bonnie Langford has taken on the role of Dorothy Brock. The casting marks a return to the scene of Langford’s theatrical debut; she first performed on-stage in Gone With The Wind at Theatre Royal Drury Lane at the tender age of seven.

42nd Street also stars Tom Lister stars as the big shot director Julian Marsh and Clare Halse as overnight sensation Peggy Sawyer. Mark Bramble, co-author of the book for the original Broadway and West End productions of 42nd Street and director of the 2001 Tony Award® winning revival, directs.

A night at the theatre doesn’t get larger-scale than 42nd Street, so come and meet those dancing feet, now tapping away at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Looking for more about the toe-tapping extravaganza? Check out our “Everything You Need To Know About 42nd Street in London” guide!

Looking to see some musical theatre? Find out more about London musicals.


Age Suitability: Suitable for all (recommended 5+). i

Minimum age for entry to theatre: All children must be old enough to occupy their own seats. Babes-in-arms not admitted.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 20/03/2017

Opening Night: 04/04/2017

Closing Night: 05/01/2019

Running time: 2h30, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Dorothy Brock - Bonnie Langford

Julian Marsh - Tom Lister

Peggy Sawyer - Clare Halse

Billy Lawlor - Ashley Day

Maggie Jones - Jasna Ivir

Bert Barry - Christopher Howell

Pat Denning - Matthew Goodgame

Andy Lee - Graeme Henderson

Abner Dillon - Bruce Montague

Mac/Doc/Thug - Mark McKerracher

Annie - Emma Caffrey

Phyllis - Clare Rickard

Lorraine - Ella Martine

Oscar - Paul Knight

Ensemble - Hannah Amin, Lucy Andic, Sara Bispham, Pamela Blair, Abi Curruthers, Danielle Cato, Lisa Dent, Natasha Ferguson, Madeleine Francis, Maria Garrett, Maddie Harper, Leah Harris, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Bethany Huckle, Sarah Kacey, Annie Kitchen, Jenny Legg, Hannah–Faith Marram, Billie Kay, Katy Riches, Zoe Rogers, Jessica Stent, Josephina Camble, Gabrielle Cocca, Emma Johnson, Jasmine Kerr, Lucy Renouf, Christina Shard, Freddie Clements, Martin McCarthy, Zac Watts, Thomas Audibert, George Beet, Philip Bertioli, Joel Cooper, Matt Cox, Adam Denman, Luke George, Ryan Gover, Alyn Hawke, Tom Partridge, James-Royden Lyley, Liam Wrate



Director - Mark Bramble

Producer - Michael Linnit & Michael Grade for Gate Ventures PLC

Choreographer - Randy Skinner

Costume - Roger Kirk

Lighting Designer - Peter Mumford

Set Designer - Douglas W Schmidt

Sound - Gareth Owen

Lyrics By - Harry Warren & Al Dubin

Music By - Harry Warren & Al Dubin

Original Director & Choreographer - Gower Champion

Musical Supervisor - Todd Ellison

Production Manager - Patrick Molony, Kate West

Orchestra Manager - David Gallagher


About Drury Lane, Theatre Royal

Catherine Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 5JF

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