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Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road

Seating Plan


(3mins) Take Tottenham Court Road south (towards Leicester Square) and the theatre will be on your left after 100 metres.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 5 review(s)


Latest Review: "In my former/next life I was/will be a theatrical performer so I adore all things musical and this ..."

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    Saturday, 30th Jun 2018 by Gee

In my former/next life I was/will be a theatrical performer so I adore all things musical and this delivered on all fronts: the acting and singing and theatrics and dancing. Seeing Cuba ( poor darling, his voice sounded sore at times) and my theatre idol of all time Ruthie Henshall was a huge huge bonus and the cast and band were brilliant!!! Not getting a 'super' cos missed 10minutes looking for my friend whose ticket I left with box office but theatre staff who gave no regard to number shown on her ticket sat her away from the rest of us. Also seats in theatre were very tight.

    Monday, 27th Aug 2012 by Chicago

Amazing show, went to see it for my 16th Birthday and sat right at the front oh my god it was flawless...especially Velma Kelly and Roxie they were AMAZING love love loved it !!

    Friday, 3rd Aug 2012 by Mrs H Cooke

Fantastic show. My initial thought was that the lack of scenery may impact the show. However, I was to be mistaken the show is jammed packed with singing and dancing all the way through. As you sing and tap your feet to the music you find yourself wanting to dive out of your chair and onto the stage to join in! Brill!

    Sunday, 29th Jul 2012 by swim70

Fantastic musical loved every second! was transfixed on the performers, the singing, the props & stage. Want to see again, saw this with Robin Cousins playing Billy, Sara Soetaert and Rachel McDowell were just fantastic as Roxy & Velma (not to mention the male dancers that I just drooled over!) the female dancers were superb!, the orchestra's precision timing made it perfect.... a class act for all!

    Saturday, 5th Mar 2011 by Boxoffice Review

Back at the Cambridge Theatre, where it originally opened in 1979, Chicago transports us to a dark and dirty world of corruption, murder, greed and showbiz. Chicago is the longest ever running Broadway musical in London's West End and was the winner of the 1998 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical.

Set in prohibition era Chicago the plot is based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about criminals and the crimes she reported on.  We meet Roxie Hart, an unashamedly ambitious nightclub dancer faced with an inconvenient murder charge. After unsuccessfully trying to frame her husband for killing her lover, Roxie is sent to prison to await trial. Here she meets vaudevillian Velma Kelly imprisoned for murdering both her husband and her sister after finding them in bed together. Velma, who considers herself somewhat of a talent spotter with a hunger for headlines convinces the lawyer of the moment, famed with allowing his clients to “get away with murder” to take on Roxie’s case. Enter Billy Flynn, a slick, sexy and devious defence lawyer oozing with style and charisma. Being skilled in both media manipulation and showmanship, Flynn teaches Roxie the art of being a “celebrity criminal”.

With music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the genius partnership behind Cabaret, the score sizzles with sass. The black set is minimalist but succeeds in creating a vaudeville atmosphere and the perfect backdrop with scenes being presented as cabaret performances. Like a cabaret the band are on stage for the entire show expertly tackling the electric musical numbers. It is, however, Bob Fosse’s legendary choreography that truly excites and dazzles, perfectly suited to the subject matter.  For the past few years, Chicago has developed a tradition of casting celebrities in its lead roles however the real stars are the ensemble who execute the choreography with skill, style and precision.

If you’re a fan of dark humour then this is the musical for you. A true Broadway and West End classic, its commentary on the fickleness of fame still has relevance in today’s celebrity obsessed society. A sultry and sassy evening’s entertainment, it’s not one for the youngsters, but with lots of hot jazz it’d be a crime to miss it.

Bruce Gutherie

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Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 21st December 2018
Booking Until: Saturday, 5th January 2019
Age Restriction: No under 16s permitted without adult.
Important Info: Contains overt references to sex and murder.
Show Status: This production is closed