La Cage Aux FollesDuration 2h40

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, United Kingdom WC2N 5DE

La Cage Aux Folles, the classic camp musical, is the story of cabaret club owner Georges and his leading drag artiste and lover Albin, whose idyllic existence is threatened when Georges's son from a previous relationship announces his engagement to the daughter of a staunchly right-wing politician. With a visit from the prospective in-laws imminent, Georges and Albin decide to take drastic action to hide their lifestyle... but can they keep it up? La Cage Aux Folles is a timeless and deliciously funny tale of family values, unconditional love and, above all, the need to be proud of who we are.

La Cage Aux Folles received its world premiere at Broadway's Palace theatre in 1983, where it won six Tony Awards, ran for 1,761 performances and became the biggest new American musical of the decade. Jerry Herman's score includes songs such as The Best Of Times, Song On The Sand and the anthem I Am What I Am, which has been recorded by artists including Gloria Gaynor and Shirley Bassey.

This production of La Cage Aux Folles was first produced at the Menier Chocolate Factory, opening in January 2008. Such was the expectation surrounding the production that it sold out before opening night.

Theatregoers who buy tickets for La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse theatre have the opportunity to purchase cabaret seats at the front of the stalls to experience the cabaret club from within. Cabaret seats can only be purchased by those aged 18 or older.

For more information about La Cage Aux Folles read our Big Interview with Denis Lawson.

Cast & Creatives

Douglas Hodge, Denis Lawson, Tracie Bennett, Gabriel Vick, Iain Mitchell, Syrus Lowe, Alicia Davies, Abigail McKern, Kristopher Mitchell, Simon Archer, Nicholas Cunningham, Faisal Khodabukas, Gary Murphy, Dane Quixall, Dean Chisnall, Sebastian Torkia, CLaire Winsper, Chris Andrew Mellon, Steve Fortune, Louise Davidson, Scott Spreadbury, Matt Kizan
Terry Johnson
Music by
Jerry Herman
Lyrics by
Jerry Herman
Book by
Harvey Fierstein
Chocolate Factory Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, David Ian Productions, Tulchin/Bartner, The Ambassador Theatre Group and Jamie Hendry
Lynne Page
Matthew Wright
Lighting Designer
Nick Richings
Set Designer
Tim Shortall
Gareth Owen

Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London, United Kingdom WC2N 5DE
0844 871 7631 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Official site
Nearest tube
Charing Cross(250m) Embankment (100m)
Nearest bus
3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453
Nearest train
Charing Cross (250m)

50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Trafalgar, only 5 minutes walk away, or Q-Park Chinatown. Single and double yellow lines in Northumberland Avenue. Taxi rank on the Embankment and at Charing Cross Station.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 0844 871 7677 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) Fax: 020 8544 7485 Minicom: 0870 060 6641 Email:
Discounts depend on the current production - please check with the Box Office.
Limited mobility
There is good leg room in the Stalls and the Boxes.
Access description
Level access through double doors opening outwards from the pavement. Box Office on the left, then 3 shallow steps up to foyer. No further steps into Stalls seating. 28 steps up to Dress Circle and 82 steps up to Upper Circle. Staircases have highlights and hand rails. Hard flooring in foyer for wheelchairs. Theatre opens 30min before performance.
Hearing impaired
Induction loop system at Box Office. Infra-red system in auditorium. 11 headsets and 3 loops.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff also available to dog-sit in foyer or Box Office.
Contact the Box Office in advance so that the ramp (steep) can be placed over the 3 shallow steps inside the main entrance. No steps to the Stalls, which are on a shallow rake. 2 spaces for wheelchair users at G1 and G24. Companions can sit in same row. Scooter users can access the foyer and stalls, but must transfer. Transfer seating available to any Stalls aisle seat. Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
Toilets off the restaurant bar, the Royal Circle and the Upper Circle.
Disabled toilets
Adapted toilet in foyer to the right of the Stalls entrance.
Toilets off the stalls bar, the Dress Circle and the Upper Circle. No steps from Stalls to foyer bar (no seating). Stalls bar (moveable seats, tables) down 29 steps from foyer. Further bars at the back of the Royal Circle (bar stools) and at the Upper Circle (bar stools). Refreshments can be brought to customers in the auditorium - please book in advance.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens