Direct from its sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tony and Olivier award-winning director Trevor Nunn’s ‘exuberant revival’ (The Telegraph) of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run. The Playhouse Theatre will be specially transformed into an immersive space for this ‘shiveringly intimate chamber musical about family’ (The Times).
Old traditions and young love collide in this joyous and timely celebration of life. Tevye’s daughters’ unexpected choice of husbands opens his heart to new possibilities, as his close-knit community also feel winds of change blowing through their tiny village.
Featuring the iconic score including ‘Tradition’, ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker’, ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ and ‘If I Were a Rich Man’, and packed with Jerome Robbins’ original Tony award-winning choreography, Fiddler on the Roof bursts from the stage’ (Financial Times), bringing new life to one of the most beloved musicals of all time.
Booking from 21st March 2019 to 15th June 2019
The Royal Avenue Theatre had its first production on Saturday 11th March 1882 with a revival of Offenbach’s Madame Favart. The prefix “Royal” was very soon dropped from the theatre’s name. For several years comic operas, burlesques and similar shows remained the main source of entertainment. For much of this time, Arthur Roberts, a very popular star of music halls led the company at the Avenue Theatre.
In the early 1890s the emphasis of productions changed to drama and in 1894 Miss Annie Horniman, the tea heiress, later a pioneer of the repertory movement, anonymously sponsored actress Florence Farr in a season of plays. Unfortunately, the first production wasn’t successful, however, Miss Farr persuaded her friend, George Bernard Shaw, to complete his play, Arms and the Man, as a quick replacement which resulted in his first West End production. It was enough to convince him to drop his music critique in favour of playwriting.
The theatre re-opened as The Playhouse Theatre on Monday 28th January 1907 with a one-act play called The Drums of Oudh together with a play by Tristan Bernard and Andre Godferneaux, called Toddles. Since that time the Playhouse has hosted the likes of W S Gilbert, legendary actress-manager Gladys Cooper, The Almeida Theatre Company, The Peter Hall Company, the BBC, and Janet McTeer.
January 2003, saw Maidstone Productions taking over the ownership of the Theatre. The company was owned by London and Broadway producers Ted and Norman Tulchin, who had been behind a number of hit productions on both sides of the Atlantic. The Ambassador Theatre Group took over the ownership of the Playhouse Theatre in March 2003.
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