Guys and Dolls

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‘tingle-down-the-arms good — a rarity in the West End’

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‘a production that fully deserves the exposure’

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‘sends chills down the spine’

Chichester Festival Theatre’s smash-hit revival of Broadway classic Guys and Dolls plays at the Phoenix Theatre. Opening on March 19th, the classic musical has enjoyed huge success and is currently booking until August 21st 2016. After a hugely successful run at London’s Savoy Theatre, the musical moved to the Phoenix, following the departure of Bend it Like Beckham the Musical.

Guys and Dolls follows gambler Nathan Detroit and his fiancée, the club singer Miss Adelaide, who waits impatiently to be married, but after 14 years of waiting, fears it may never happen. Meanwhile, Detroit is in trouble as he struggles to find a venue for his latest game. After meeting fellow gambler Sky, Detroit bets him $1000 that he cannot take a doll of his choice out for dinner. Full of self-confidence, Sky agrees, only to find that the doll in question is the pious Sarah Brown.

A 1950’s musical favourite, Guys and Dolls features memorable music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, much of which makes up the Broadway songbook as we know it. Toe-tapping musical numbers include “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”, amongst many others.

Unusually for a musical in residency at the West End, Guys and Dolls has also embarked on an extensive UK tour, which sees it visit venues in Liverpool, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes and Bristol, simultaneously running in London. Don’t miss out on the ultimate Broadway musical, now at the Phoenix Theatre London!

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Guys and Dolls’ creative team includes director Gordon Greenberg, with musical direction from Gareth Valentine, choreography by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright, plus designs by Peter McKintosh and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Acclaimed actor Nigel Lindsay will join the cast to play Nathan Detroit for a limited time between May 26th and June 26th. From June 28th, Rebel Wilson will be joining the cast as Miss Adelaide.

With the Savoy Theatre run starring David Haig, Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parker, the Phoenix Theatre transfer sees the roles of Miss Adelaide and Nathan Detroit taken over by Samantha Spiro (Merrily We Roll Along) and Broadway’s Richard Kind (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers). Oliver Tompsett (Wicked, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages) will play Sky Masterson, with Siubhan Harrison continuing as Sarah Brown. Gavin Spokes also reprises his role as Nicely Nicely Johnson.

Song List

Act I

  • “Overture” – Orchestra
  • “Runyonland” – Orchestra
  • “Fugue for Tinhorns” – Nicely, Benny, Rusty
  • “Follow the Fold” – Sarah, Mission Band
  • “The Oldest Established” – Nathan, Nicely, Benny, Guys
  • “I’ll Know” – Sarah, Sky
  • “A Bushel and a Peck” – Miss Adelaide, Hot Box Girls
  • “Adelaide’s Lament” – Miss Adelaide
  • “Guys and Dolls” – Nicely, Benny
  • “Havana” – Orchestra
  • “If I Were a Bell” – Sarah
  • “My Time of Day/I’ve Never Been in Love Before” – Sky, Sarah

Act II

  • “Take Back Your Mink” – Miss Adelaide, Hot Box Girls
  • “Adelaide’s Second Lament” – Miss Adelaide
  • “More I Cannot Wish You” – Arvide
  • “Crapshooters Ballet” – Orchestra
  • Luck Be a Lady” – Sky, Guys
  • “Sue Me” – Miss Adelaide, Nathan
  • Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – Nicely, Company
  • “Marry the Man Today” – Miss Adelaide, Sarah
  • “Guys and Dolls (Reprise)” – Company

Show Lengths and Times

Guys and Dolls opened at the West End’s Savoy Theatre in 2015, before transferring to the Phoenix Theatre in March 2015. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Mondays, with matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:30pm. An additional performance is at 2:30pm on Sundays.

Show running time is 2hrs and 40mins including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Guys and Dolls is relatively family-friendly and is recommended for ages 8 and up. Please note that you must arrive at the Phoenix Theatre at least 15mins before the performance is due to begin.

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Tickets

Tickets for Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above, by using the search form on the right of the page.

Reviews

Have you seen Guys and Dolls? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

7 comments

  1. Wonderful, best musical I’ve seen in a long time. Loved the dancing, singing perfect. You come. Away with a big smile on your face, humming the songs.

    1. I went to see it last night and it was fantastic but I thought Rebel Wilson was a bit over the top! I preferred the previous cast at the Savoy where I saw it a few months ago. Still worth nine out of ten.

  2. Saw Guys and Dolls today, what a fantastic show all the cast were amazing and Rebel Wilson was very funny. Really worth seeing.

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