A sparkly night out in London with 42nd Street

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Want a fun girls night out in London town? Then head to 42nd Street!

Yes I know 42nd Street is a place in New York but the musical of the same name is playing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. And it’s a riot of fun, costumes and incredible choreography.

Before the show

Book your 42nd Street tickets well in advance to make sure you have the ultimate views of this spectacular production. The best seats in the house are in the centre of the Royal Circle where you can see the dance routines in all their glory.

Booking ahead means you can make a glamorous night out of it. Go dressed to the nines – the more sparkles the better. If you really want to get in theme then choose a 1930 style frock with a smattering of sequins. Now you’re ready to take on Covent Garden.

Meet up for tapas and a cheeky cava (or two) at Barrafina, close to the theatre, before the show. They have the right casual cool tapas vibe to get your night started. I recommend the diver caught scallops and oysters – delicious!

Then, with a spring in your step, it’s off to the theatre to see the show.

42nd Street the musical

As soon as the red velvet curtain rises you get a glimpse into the spectacle you are about to enjoy. Forty pairs of toe tapping feet step out a stunning synchronised sequence. And there’s so much more of this to come.

42nd Street is a classic “star is born” story. Will country kid Peggy Sawyer shoot to stardom amid the jealousy, financial turmoil and drama of the 1930s New York theatre scene? Or will the current lead Dorothy Brock prevail to lead another hit show?

In all honesty the plot is pretty thin and frothy but who cares?

There are lots of jokes in between classic show tunes “We’re in the money” and of course “42nd Street”. Leads Clare Halse, Bonnie Langford, Tom Lister and Ashley Day deliver fine performances.

But the true stars of the show are the incredible dance sequences.


Number after number the strong cast belts out golden era tunes and tap routines to make Fred and Ginger jealous.

All the moves are synchronised to perfection and there’s a dizzying number of costume changes.

It’s just like in the classic movies but in live 21st century technicolor.

Check out the official trailer below for a tiny glimpse at the energy of the show.

I’ve seen a few musicals in my time and 42nd Street is definitely the most fun.

I guarantee you will walk out of the theatre with a smile on your face and a skip in your step.

Post show cocktails- why not?

Finish the night off with a post show cocktail or night cap at the suitably glamorous and on theme theme The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel.

Their stage and screen star themed cocktails are the perfect thing to sip as you discuss the show and plot your return to dance school. It’s the perfect end to a great evening.

So grab your girlfriends, your sparkliest outfit and your tickets to 42nd Street. It will be a night to remember!

Based on the 1933 film of the same name, 42nd Street debuted on Broadway in 1980. This production of the show has been playing in the West End at Theatre Royal Drury Lane since 2017.

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