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THEATRE REVIEW: 42ND STREET
 
9th September 18
 

Filled with glitz and glam, 42nd Street is an all singing, all dancing flashback to the 1930’s.

 

I seem to have been spending the majority of my life on trains around London lately. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve found that these past couple of months I’ve fallen even more in love with this city and all of my friends here than I’ve ever felt, and being here is just making me unbelievably happy. I feel in a great place, and London, with its swarms of interesting and exciting people and new places to discover down every alley, is playing a big part in that happiness.

 

This week, I spent one of my evenings in the city at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, watching 42nd Street. It’s a show which I’ve wanted to watch for a while now and I’m so happy I finally got to tick it off of the list. If you’re looking for a show in London to whisk you back to a different era, whilst showcasing some of the most flawless tap-dancing you’ll see on the West End, look no further than 42nd Street.

 

The Plot

 

42nd Street originally debuted on Broadway in the 1980’s and since then, it’s been a classic show, having long runs both on the West End and on Broadway. It tells the story of director, Julian Marsh and his quest to put on a successful stage show at the height of The Great Depression. Through this, we’re treated to watching the production of a musical inside a musical, with dozens of great songs and incredible tap routines.

 

The show is set in the 1930’s, and the way that the era is portrayed comes through in the staging, the gorgeous costumes and the way that the characters speak. The attention to detail was really fantastic, and I felt like I’d been whisked away to a different era for a few hours!

 

The Cast

 

42nd Street is made up of a pretty big cast of actors, all of which were absolutely incredible tap dancers. For me, this was probably the best thing about the show. Every single person who was on stage, even when there were 30+ people up there doing a number, were flawless and in sync with each other. It wasn’t just the main actors who showcased amazing tap dancing, but every single member of the cast. The dance numbers were amazing to watch and I found myself really wishing that my mum had forced me to carry on with tap lessons when I was a kid!

 

The night which I went to watch the show it was Bonny Langford’s debut in the role of Dorothy Brock, a past her prime Prima Donna, renowned for her inability to dance. Langford brought a level of class and sophistication to the role, and I really enjoyed her performance. In my opinion, she’s a great new addition to the cast.

The Venue

 

This was the first time that I’ve ever been to The Theatre Royal, and it’s such a lovely venue. Although I love some of the newer, smaller theatres around London, there’s something about being inside the old, grander ones which really makes me feel happy. With their golden boxes, plush, slightly worn seats and elaborate ceilings, being inside these older theatres feels like you’re in a whole new world.

 

The stage design for 42nd Street was wonderful too. In true glam and glitz style, every possible prop and trick is pulled onto stage during the musical numbers. From a dance routine with a shadow, to a circle of dancers performing a routine lying on the floor whilst a huge mirror reflected their movements to the audience, 42nd Street offers enough energy to keep you on your toes and is a complete joy to watch.

 

The Verdict

 

If you’re looking for a classic show to see in London which is perfectly executed, offers an interesting storyline and dance moves which will make you wish you could move that way, I’d definitely recommend 42nd Street. It’s an evening of 1930’s American glam and glitz in the heart of London.

 

 
 

For more information on the show, head to the 42nd Street website. This post was in collaboration with London Box office, however all opinions are my own. For tickets, head to the London Box Office website.

 
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