Ray Rackham’s extraordinary biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star and chanteuse Judy Garland comes to the Arts Theatre for a limited season. This highly anticipated production sees Judy back in town following a critically acclaimed Southwark Playhouse 2015 debut (original title, Through The Mill).
“PIERCES THE HEART AND RAISES THE ROOF.” Times
Since her first tentative steps on the stage as a young girl, Judy has become an enduring icon to millions of fans of all generations around the world.
“BRILLIANT” Harper’s Bazaar
Ray Rackham has created a poignant and ultimately uplifting story portraying the star as a survivor in a man’s world. Using three ages of Judy, he shows that her life was more than heartbreak and self-destruction. The stories of Young Judy (an innocent girl filled with hope and excitement as she heads toward her life-changing performance in The Wizard of Oz), Palace Theatre Judy (a woman at the height of her performing powers in the midst of a passionate romance with Sidney Luft) and CBS Judy (an older and possibly wiser woman) demonstrate that no matter how hard we look for love in all the wrong places, the answer is ultimately inside ourselves.
“RACKHAM’S SCRIPT HAS AN OVERARCHING SENSE OF HOPE AND VAUDEVILLIAN RESILIENCE...AN UNMISSABLE PRODUCTION.” The Stage”
The cast includes Helen Sheals (Last Tango In Halifax, Downton Abbey) as CBS Judy, Belinda Wollaston (Mamma Mia, Titanic) as Palace Judy and Lucy Penrose as Young Judy. The memorable score which is brought to life by a live band, is a wonderful combination of Garland standards interlinked with some of her lesser known numbers and includes The Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away and, of course, Over The Rainbow.
“THE SHOW REMINDS US HOW, IN THE CONFLICT BETWEEN A MERCILESS INDUSTRY AND THE HUNGER FOR LOVE AND LIFE, A STAR IS INEVITABLY TORN” Guardian
WELCOME TO THE ARTS THEATRE
Welcome to the ARTS THEATRE, winner of Best Theatrical Venue in the 2016 Broadway World Awards. The Arts is an independent commercial theatre situated in the heart of London’s West End, providing a dynamic programme of entertainment of all genres.
Our main house is a 350-seat proscenium arch theatre which has been in operation since 1927. We also operate Above the Arts, a private bar and performance space on the first floor.
The Arts is also home to Rooms at the Arts, two bright and airy studios available for hire for rehearsals and workshops, as well as the Arts Theatre Café and the Covent Garden Cocktail Club. We look forward to welcoming you to the West End’s most vibrant theatre complex.
COVENT GARDEN COCKTAIL CLUB
Covent Garden Cocktail Club is part of LCC and is situated beneath the Arts Theatre. Although this is usually a members’ only bar your Arts Theatre ticket will allow you entry to this secret hideaway of world-class drinks for the date of your chosen performance.
DEPARTMENT OF COFFEE AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
MON – FRI: 07:30 – 17:30
SAT & SUN: 10:00 – 18:00
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is an award-winning speciality coffee company serving single origin coffee to the UK’s discerning coffee drinkers, as well as a selection of artisan cakes.
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