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Blippi The Musical

Blippi the Musical at the Apollo Theatre

The educational antics of YouTube favourite Blippi come to the West End stage with Blippi The Musical at the Apollo Theatre.

Blippi takes to the stage with a delightful and fun production that will take your kids on an educational adventure. Blippi The Musical features audience engagement, wonderful music and a healthy dose of curiosity to keep the little ones captivated from start to finish.

Any 2 to 7 year old with an appetite for learning will adore seeing Blippi come to life like never before. As he learns about the world around him, they will too through sing-a-longs, dancing and interaction.

Blippi, created by Steve Johns, first debuted on YouTube in 2014 and has become a favourite among young kids. The curious, bespectacled Blippi encourages children to explore the world around them and gives entertaining lessons on nature, animals, vehicles, museums and more. Please note that in this production, Blippi will be played by professional stage performers. Steve Johns will not appear in the show.

Show Length and Times

Performances of Blippi The Musical last approximately 65 minutes, and do not include an interval. Performance times are 10.30am and 1.00pm Sunday – Friday. Saturday performances are 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Derren Brown – SHOWMAN

Derren Brown SHOWMAN at the Apollo Theatre poster

Master of mind games Derren Brown is back in the West End with SHOWMAN, which will have audiences at the Apollo Theatre questioning everything

Legendary psychological illusionist Derren Brown makes his highly-demanded return to the London Stage with his latest production, SHOWMAN. The contents of the show are a tightly controlled secret, but expect to be left speechless by the mental trickery of a true master.

Derren Brown is a staple of UK television and theatre tours, having left sold-out audiences spellbound since his first tour in 2003. By using a mix of traditional stage magic, memory techniques, hypnosis, cold reading and cognitive psychology, he demonstrates both the power and fragility of the human mind, while debunking those that claim supernatural or otherworldly powers.

With his live tours, Derren Brown has won more Olivier Award wins and nominations than any other individual in the award’s history. SHOWMAN is guaranteed to be one of the most astonishing productions of the year and is not to be missed.

Show Length and Times

Performances of Derren Brown – SHOWMAN last approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a 20 minute interval. Evening performances start at 7.30pm every night from Tuesday to Saturday, and matinees begin at 2.30pm every Saturday. There are no Monday performances.

The Upstart Crow

Ben Elton’s Hilarious historical farce The Upstart Crow returns to the West End with David Mitchell as William Shakespeare

David Mitchell in The Upstart Crow at the Apollo Theatre, London

Beloved primetime comedy Upstart Crow is given the full West End treatment with this standalone play featuring all your favourite characters. David Mitchell takes to the stage as William Shakespeare in this laugh-out-loud production penned by Ben Elton.

Shakespeare is desperate for a hit and thinks his latest work, King Lear, may be just the ticket. However, with the zany characters loitering around his house, including wannabe actress Kate, puritan physician (and his own son-in-law) John Hall as well as two demanding daughters, Will seems to have plenty to deal with already!

The Upstart Crow was an immediate hit when it first opened in 2020, but its initial run was cut short by the Covid pandemic. Expect this madcap troupe of players to receive the same warm reception when their highly-anticipated return opens at the Apollo Theatre on 23rd September 2022.

Cast Information

British TV staple David Mitchell (Peep Show, That Mitchell & Webb Look) plays William Shakespeare with Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Kate.

The script is written as a standalone story by Ben Elton and is not a direct adaptation of the TV show, but will feature many of the characters you know and love.

Show Length and Times

Performances of The Upstart Crow last approximately 100 minutes, including an interval. Evening performances start at 7.30pm every night from Monday to Saturday, and matinees begin at 2.30pm every Wednesday and Saturday. There are no performances on Sundays.

Cruise

This Olivier Award nominated tribute to the LGBTQ community returns to the West End

Inspired by a true story, this poignant, vibrant play celebrates and examines queer culture in the late 1980s under the looming threat of the HIV epidemic. Cruise tells a passionate, personal story that is guaranteed to move audiences at the Apollo Theatre.

It is 1988 and in London’s Soho, Michael expects his life to end in the immediate future. He has lived with HIV for four years and lost his partner Dave to the disease two years ago. When to his own surprise, Michael doesn’t die, he is faced with the unexpected prospect of life and must finally decide what it means to have a future.

Cruise is set to a soundtrack of incredible ’80s hits, all performed live, and takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster through London’s vibrant queer culture. This powerful play is not to be missed.

Cast Information

Jack Holden (War Horse) is writer and star of Cruise and Bronagh Lagan (Broken Wings) directs, bringing her extensive experience with new writing to this exciting production.

All music is performed live by London-based composer and musician John Patrick Elliot.

Show Length and Times

Performances of Cruise last approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, and do not include an interval. Evening performances start at 8.00pm every night from Monday to Saturday, and matinees begin at 4.00pm every Saturday and Sunday, with one 5.30pm matinee on Friday 2nd September.

Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay This is Going to Hurt at the Apollo Theatre, London

Due to the national lockdown, all performances for Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt after 4th November are cancelled. However, his follow-up show Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is currently booking at London’s Palace Theatre from 21st December until 3rd January.

Award-winning comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay welcomes a socially distanced audience to hear his eye-opening and often hilarious stories about his time in the NHS. This is Going to Hurt opens for a limited season at the Apollo Theatre from the 23rd October until 8th November.

Adapted from Kay’s Sunday Times best-selling novel of the same name, This is Going to Hurt is an informative and often moving stand-up show that offers a unique insight into the life of a young medical professional. This show mixes gory hospital stories, witty songs, and first-hand observations that will make you laugh, squirm, and learn more about what working as part of the NHS is like.

This socially distanced run at the Apollo follows several years of success for This is Going to Hurt, having sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe for three years running, then moving to the Soho Theatre in 2017, followed by a UK tour that featured performances at the Garrick and Vaudeville Theatres in London’s West End.

Cast & Creative

Adam Kay on stage in This Is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer who held a former career as a junior doctor. While studying, Kay founded the musical parody band ‘Amateur Transplants’, who are most famous for ‘London Underground’, a parody of ‘Going Underground’ by The Jam. Kay has written for television shows including Mrs Brown’s Boys, Very British Problems and Mitchell and Webb.

Important Information

To assist with track and trace the venue are introducing an airline-style check-in.

  • 48 hours before your performance you will receive a pre-visit email with a check-in link from Nimax Theatres
  • You will be required to confirm that members of your party do not have Covid-19 symptoms – if you cannot confirm this you will be given details on how to exchange (this must be completed no later than 10am on the morning of your performance).
  • Email address – this will be used to communicate pre-show procedures to you, assist with track and trace and provide e-tickets on completion of check-in.
  • The venue will only accept E-ticket for admittance
  • Nimax Theatres will provide you with a contactless e-tickets upon completion of “check-in”.

Note that while London remains under Covid High-Level restrictions, by continuing with your booking you agree that the seats you are purchasing will enable only members of your household or support bubble to sit together.

Running Times

The performance is approximately an hour and ten minutes, with no interval.

Suitable for Children?

This is Going to Hurt is recommended for ages 12+.

Tickets

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Reviews

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 5

Take your little princes and princesses on a tour of Britain’s crazy past with Horrible Histories tickets

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone’s dead! Well fear not – the Horrible Histories gang are back to introduce you to a whole new series of rude rulers and kooky characters.

That’s right, Britain’s favourite history show is back in the West End! Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 5 is a brand new production of the perilous past, arriving at the Apollo Theatre on 29th July 2021.

Get ready to be conquered by King William, go house hunting with King Henry VIII, join the gorgeous Georgians as they take over England, and break into Buckingham Palace and hide from the Queen! 

Cast and Creative

Actors performing on stage in Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain at the Apollo Theatre, London

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 5 is written and directed by Neal Foster, a prolific theatre writer, director and actor who also directed The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Tom’s Midnight Garden and previous Horrible Histories shows. Jaqueline Trousdale is set & costume designer. Her credits include The Jungle Book and Treasure Island.

The Horrible Histories books were created by Terry Deary and have become a British institution, spawning the highly popular TV-series, which remains a favourite for children and teachers.

Show Length & Times

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 5 runs for 1 hour and 10 minutes with no interval.

Suitable For?

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 5 is recommended for ages 5+

Tickets

Tickets for Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part 5 are on sale now. Book online here.

All tickets include a £1.25 Theatre Restoration Levy.

Two performers on stage in Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Four at the Apollo Theatre, London

What parents are saying about Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, Part Four

The Horrible Histories brand has educated, delighted and disgusted (in the best possible way) children in book, television and live performance form for more than two decades now. Known for its ability to entertain kids and their parents alike, the Horrible Histories live shows have become a staple of the Summer Holiday theatre season.

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, Part Four is currently playing at the Apollo Theatre in London after a wide-ranging UK tour. Theatre critics have had their say, but we know the most important opinions for a show such as this are those of the parents, and the kids they take to see it.

Here’s what a selection of popular parent bloggers wrote about their experiences seeing Horrible Histories Barmy Britain, Part Four with their children.

Happy families sitting in a theatre audience
Kids are the only reliable critics for a show like Horrible Histories!

Colette Warbrook, mum of an 8-year-old son and blogger for yeahlifestyle.com, reviewed the production at the Stafford Gatehouse, writing:

“The show is a riot from start to finish, incredibly squeezing centuries of history into just 65 minutes. As promised, there are plenty of yucky bits (mostly about bodily functions) and the audience were in stitches throughout.”

Mum and son blogging duo, The B Man and the L Girl, reviewed Barmy Britain Part Four when it was playing at the Apollo in 2018, and wrote:

“The songs are witty and informative and toilet humour abounds which has the audience in hysterics. With political and Brexit jokes popped in for good measure, you’ll leave the theatre feeling enlightened and most probably relieved to see that the British have always been a little bit barmy.”

Kiddo Adventures, a blog to help parents discover fun things to do out of the house with their kids, with a big emphasis on child-friendly theatre, also reviewed the 2018 Apollo Theatre, London production and wrote:

“This show is a great way to get kids interested in history and I can honestly say I learnt a few new things myself. Although we are looking at historical figures, there were many modern twists added which filled the room with laughter.”

Mummy-blogger Gemma Lohan Scott of babydaytripper.co.uk found that both she and her boys loved the show at the Apollo Theatre in London, writing:

“The two cast members use their giant dressing up box to morph seamlessly from one character to the next, with plenty of songs, disgusting bits, toilet humour – everything you’d expect from Horrible Histories. It’s silly enough to entertain kids of all ages, but there are plenty of grown up jokes that will have the adults chuckling too.”

She also added:

“Needless to say, my boys had a blast and did a rap about poo all the way home. #soproud 😂”

If that isn’t proof of Horrible Histories’ power to entertain kids, what is?!

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four at the Apollo Theatre, London
The verdicts are in: Kids love Horrible Histories!

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Four is playing at the Apollo Theatre in London until 31st August.

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

 

From the theatre company that brought you The Gruffalo, and Room on the Broom, comes a brand new live theatre treat for all the family. Basedon Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book, The Snail and Whale will be a heartwarming treat for audiences this Christmas season.

When a little sea snail wants to go on an adventure to see the world, they jump on the back of a large grey humpback whale. Together the pair sail the seas and go on an amazing journey – but what happens when the whale gets beached? How will the tiny snail save him?

Featuring live music and lots of laughs, The Snail and the Whale is a perfect theatrical experience for all the family.

Cast & Creative

The Snail and the Whale is brought to life by the company Tall Stories, who created the stage adaptations of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. The show is based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Show Length & Times

The Snail and the Whale runs at 55 minutes with no interval.

Suitable For?

The Snail and the Whale is recommended for ages 4+

Tickets

Tickets for The Snail and the Whale at the Apollo Theatre London are now on sale! Book tickets by using the search form on the top right of the page.

Reviews

Have you seen The Snail and the Whale? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Operation Ouch! Live on Stage

Following two sold-out Australian tours, well-known twin doctors’, Dr Chris and Dr Xand, arrive in London’s West End for a strictly limited festive season. Combining television treats, stunts and the UK’s National Health Service, Operation Ouch! Live on Stage is the theatrical experience that brings to life the pair’s hit BBC children’s show.

Based on CBBC show Operation Ouch!, which is now celebrating its fifth season, the production receives its UK premiere at the Apollo Theatre, giving audiences a chance to see the duo live on stage. Jam-packed with plenty of stunts, crazy experiments and fun facts, the doctors delve into the fascinating world of biology to show kids the amazing things human bodies can do!

Prepare to witness your favourite moments from the two-time BAFTA winning television show, as Dr Chris and Dr Xand ask the important questions – what does it look like inside Dr Xand’s head? Are bugs and germs good for you? What can you do with a month’s load of farts? How do we sneeze? And what exactly happens to food when you chow down?

A hilarious, fun and educational trip into science and silliness, Operation Ouch! Live on Stage is a must-see for families looking for something different this festive season. Playing a strictly limited season at London’s Apollo Theatre, gear up for some laughs from the nation’s favourite medical men!

Cast and Creative

Operation Ouch! Live on Stage is created and performed by twin brothers Chris and Xand Van Tulleken, who are otherwise known as Dr Chris and Dr Xand. Growing up in London and graduating from Oxford University in 2002, the pair have combined the UK’s National Health Service with television work to produce a fun, educational show.

Previous work includes Blizzard: Race to the Pole, Medicine Men and Medicine Men Go Wild.

Show Lengths and Times

Operation Ouch! Live on Stage comes to the Apollo Theatre London for a limited festive season from 6 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, with an official opening on 9 December 2018. Performances are at 11am, 1:30pm, 2pm and 4pm, and vary depending on the day.

Show running time is 1 hour 10 minutes, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Operation Ouch! Live on Stage is recommended for children aged between 5-12 and their families.

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Tickets

Tickets for Operation Ouch! Live on Stage at the Apollo Theatre London are now on sale. Get your tickets by using the search form on the top right of the page.

Reviews

Have you seen Operation Ouch! Live on Stage? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four

 

“a handful of excellent songs”

“explains the phenomenal appeal of Horrible Histories”

“cackling with glee”

Horrible Histories returns once more for a summer season in the West End, celebrating even more of barmy Britain’s history! After seven sensational years, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four plays at the Apollo Theatre from August 1st 2019.

We all want to meet people from history. Unfortunately, the people that we want to meet are very much dead! But never fear, the Horrible Histories clan is here to ensure that you get to meet every single one of your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past!

Discover the ruthless Romans, vile King Richard III, and the terrible teeth of Queen Elizabeth I! Hide from King James I’s witch hunt and mount a mutiny against Henry VIII! How about seeing Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots? Then you can pop along to the world of Samuel Pepys and join the Georgian hunt for the headless man. Top it all off with a night-time trip with the soil men and figure out how to survive the first train ride!

After seven sensational years in the West End, Birmingham Stage Company adapt Terry Deary’s beloved book series into yet another glorious stage adaptation. Dubbed as “history with the nasty bits left in!” previous productions include Barmy Britain I, II & III as well as More Best of Barmy Britain.

Cast and Creative

Horrible Histories is one of Britain’s best-selling book series, created by Terry Deary. Written and directed by Neal Foster, the Horrible Histories Live On Stage productions are imagined by Birmingham Stage Company. Barmy Britain Part Four features set and costume design by Jacqueline Trousdale, lighting design by Jason Taylor and sound design by Nick Sagar.

The production stars Ben Martin, Pip Chamberlain, and Jamie Sheasby.

Show Lengths and Times

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four plays at the Apollo Theatre London from August 1st – 31st 2019. Performances are at 11am, 2pm and 4pm, depending on the day of the week.

Show running time is 1 hour 10 minutes with no interval.

Suitable for Children?

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four is recommended for anyone between 5 and 105!

Tickets

Tickets for Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four at the Apollo Theatre London are now on sale! Book tickets by using the search form on the top right of the page.

Reviews

Have you seen Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!