Review Round Up: 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The classic Broadway musical taps its way onto the London stage, starring Sheena Easton and Tom Lister. But what have critics been saying about it? 

The Guardian: **** ” Forget La La Land. If you want to see hot hoofing, go to Mark Bramble’s production of 42nd Street.”

Music OMH: ***** “Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer stands out as she displays some of the most impressive tap one is ever likely to see.”

The Stage: ***** “When that army of dancers gets going, when the rows of lights start twinkling and tap shoes hit the bleachers extending towards the audience from the back of the stage, it’s simply, overwhelmingly, stunning.”

London **** “This is a show that will certainly tap your troubles away and leaves you beaming from the inside out. Infectious musical theatre joy of the highest calibre.”

The Daily Mail: **** “From the opening moments of 42nd Street you know you are in for a good night.”

Time Out: **** “this show socks you over the head with good old-fashioned spectacle.”

London Theatre1: **** “despite its faults, we can be thankful for this evocative revival of 42 Street’s ultimate Broadway experience.”

The Reviews Hub: **** “It’s a show to remember and a memory to cherish, just be sure to recognise it’s not something to set your moral clock by.”

Exeunt Magazine: “The musical within a musical element of 42nd Street beckons us still further away from reality. It’s clever and it’s meta.”

WhatsOnStage: **** “the razzmatazz of the staging is so preposterous that it makes you smile, especially when it is delivered by a chorus drilled with pure precision in choreography remounted by Randy Skinner from Gower Champion’s original.”

Love London Love Culture:***** “42nd Street is very much a welcome addition to the West End.”

Musical Theatre Review: ***** “What makes 42nd Street such a roaring success and stunning show is its impeccable attention to detail. No money has been spared in creating the lavish costumes and set.”

Plays to See: *** “The energy is well weighted, and each half’s finales are brilliantly explosive. It’s hard to imagine many people going home feeling hungry for more.”

Broadway World: **** ” Escapist fare, yes, but I predict happy feet and even happier audiences.”

Jonathan Baz Reviews: ***** “Drury Lane’s 42nd Street is the most spectacular show in town!”

Carn’s Theatre Passion: ***** “This vibrantly coloured staggeringly brilliant revival is the stuff that dreams are made of.”

The Telegraph: ***** “An American classic right royally revived.”

Radio Times: ***** “But it’s easy to ignore the paper-thin plot when the big production numbers bring such a warm glow.”

42nd Street is currently booking until the 14th October 2017. To book tickets visit:,  Discount, Theatre Tickets, Love, Theatre and UK

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