Long-running slick and sexy musical Chicago tells the deliciously naughty story of cabaret singer Roxie Hart, who murders her lover and ends up in jail, ruled over by buxom prison warden Mama Morton. Desperate to get acquitted, Roxie turns to sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn, who has a reputation for saving his charges from the gallows. As fame-hungry and attention-seeking as each other, Roxie and Billy's partnership brings them both the press attention they desire - that is, until another pretty, young, ‘wrongly-accused’ girl comes along and Roxie finds her case is no longer Billy's priority.
Instead, Roxie teams up with another of Billy's former clients, fellow murderess Velma Kelly, to form an unusual nightclub act which they hope will keep both of them in the public eye.
Kander and Ebb musical Chicago, which won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production, includes the songs All That Jazz, Class and All I Care About.
Chicago celebrated its 10th birthday at a gala performance in December 2007, reuniting original cast members Ruthie Henshall, Ute Lemper, Henry Goodman and Nigel Planer. In the yearsthat followed their premiere performances, numerous stars have stepped into the roles they made famous, including Marti Pellow, Tony Hadley, Duncan James, Darius Danesh, David Hasselhoff, John Barrowman, Sacha Distel, Jerry Springer (Billy) Claire Sweeney, Michelle Williams, Denise Van Outen, Suzanne Shaw (Roxie), Brenda Edwards, Gaby Roslin, Alison Moyet, Kelly Osbourne (Mama Morton).
Since the London production of the musical Chicago opened at the Adelphi theatre in 1997 – it transferred to the Cambridge theatre in 2006 and to the Garrick theatre in 2011 – it has used 581 metres of fishnet fabric, 871 metres of black lace fabric, 2,321 litres of washing up liquid and 9,666 hairgrips to create its unmistakable razzle dazzle.
Cast & Creatives
- Sarah Soetaert, Rachel McDowall, Robin Cousins, James Doherty, Jasna Ivir, R Whitehead
- Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
- Walter Bobbie
- Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse
- Charing Cross Road, London, United Kingdom WC2H 0HH
- 0330 333 4815
- Official site
- Nearest tube
- Embankment(450m)/Charing Cross(200m)/Leicester Square (200m)
- Nearest bus
- 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29, 30
- Nearest train
- Charing Cross (200m)
50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Trafalgar, only 5 minutes away or Q-Park Chinatown. There is a taxi rank at Charing Cross.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
- How to book
- Tel: 0330 333 4815 Minicom: 020 7087 7835
- Discounts available for all disabled people and their companions.
- Limited mobility
- Seats 17-21 and 1-5 in row N in the Stalls have the most leg room.
- Access description
- Ramp up through double doors opening outwards into the Box Office. Box Office counter to the left. No steps through the foyer bar into the Dress Circle (1 step between rows). 24 steps down to the Stalls which has a fairly steep rake. 25 steps up then 8 down to the Upper Circle. Staircases have handrails on both sides. Auditorium opens 45mins before performance.
- Hearing impaired
- Sennheiser infra-red system with 8 headsets. Please ask an usher for a headset.
- Guide dogs policy
- Guide dogs are welcome inside the auditorium or staff are happy to dog-sit. We can accommodate 2 dogs at a time. Dogs will be looked after in the manager's office.
- Ramp into foyer with level access to Dress Circle. 2 spaces for wheelchair users at E13-15. Transfer seating available to aisle seats for wheelchairs and scooters (4 transferees max). Wheelchairs
- No steps to the women's to the right of the foyer bar, through 2 doors (approx. 84cm wide). This is usable by someone able to leave their wheelchair with assistance. No steps up to women's at rear of Stalls, 18 steps down to the men's; further women's and men's at Upper Circle level.
- Disabled toilets
- Adapted toilet in foyer.
- Bar on foyer level. Level access to dress circle bar and kiosk.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens