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Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP 020 7379 5399

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Previews from 30th June, opens 6th July 2021. Ends 5th September 2021.
NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE AGED UNDER 12 OR THE EASILY OFFENDED.

Boy with a computer in his head meets girl who wants attention.

A Broadway musical comes to London.

 

(seen at the afternoon performance on 15th March 2020 at the Other Palace Theatre. Note that one character was “read in” by the assistant director standing off-stage, due to cast absence).

There’s a lot to be said for a show willing to go on without a named member of the cast, given current circumstances. Due praise is given here to the entire cast for it – though why most of them didn’t appear to acknowledge the contribution of the “stand in” at the end is slightly peculiar... anyway...

Unfortunately, it rather showed up the weakness of the entire show. From the programme notes this didn’t last long on Broadway; revived only by public demand when the cast recording became cult listening among its age-group.

We are back in “American High School” territory, “Heathers,” “Carrie,” “Dear Evan Hansen” et al. The cast in this, though, are more like “Grease” the movie – far older than their characters, and it does rather make the show a little awkward visually, despite their obvious talent.

Not helping either are the exceptionally ropey book with gaping plot holes in the second act where they depart from the original – presumably properly thought out – material.

The music is mediocre too, the hit “Michael In The Bathroom” inspiring the revival sounds more like Burt Bacharach’s “Message to Michael” than anything else, with an even more banal lyric.

Director Stephen Brackett is also at his best around 50 minutes into the show, when he allows the cast space to breathe. Chase Brock as choreographer, though, keeps the unnecessarily tight grip on dance throughout. This show needs to relax, as it flows best when it does. On the plus side, Alex Basco Koch’s projection wall is a piece of art, adding immeasurably to the action.

There are some decent performances. Scott Folan is suitably nerdy as Jeremy Heere, the boy who takes a pill. Sidekick Blake Patrick Anderson is a matching best friend. Stewart Clarke channels Star Trek TNG’s “Q” effectively in his all-powerful role of computer Squip.

For the ladies, Miracle Chance is fun as extrovert introvert Christine Canigula, Millie O’Connell truthful as Chloe Valentine and Renee Lamb strong support as Jenna Rolan.

For the monkey, this was considerably more interesting than “Dear Evan Hansen,” but lacking the polish and wit of “Heathers” it’s one it will leave happily to the legion of fans the show has and which this cast deserve as an audience.

Based on paying FULL PRICE (no discount!) for tickets, site writers and contributing guests have ALSO created the colour-coded plans for "value for money," considering factors like views, comfort and value-for-money compared with other same-priced seats available.

Some notes for this extra event appear below. For a full discussion, opinions, reviews, notes, tips, hints and advice on all the seats in this theatre, visit the theatre page (link at the top of this page) and click on "BEST SEAT ADVICE" (on the left of your screen).

On the plans below:
Seats in GREEN many feel may offer either noticeable value, or something to compensate for a problem; for example, being a well-priced restricted view ticket. Any seats coloured LIGHT GREEN are sold at "premium" prices because the show producer thinks they are the best. The monkey says "you are only getting what you pay for" but uses this colour to highlight the ones it feels best at the price, and help everybody else find equally good seats nearby at lower prices.

Seats in WHITE, many feel, provided about what they pay for. Generally unremarkable.

Seats in RED are coloured to draw attention. Not necessarily to be avoided - maybe nothing specific is wrong with them, other than opinions that there are better seats at the same price. Other times there may be something to consider before buying – perhaps overpricing, obstructed views, less comfort etc.

Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

Shaftesbury Theatre value seating plan

The front two rows of the stalls are more expensive, as they come with a souvenir gift.  Row F 15 to 22 is a lot more expensive still, and with much cheaper and equally good tickets available, take those last. Price drop at row R, so take it before row Q. There are drops also at V - same view as T and U, cheaper or you could hold out for X, which is cheaper still.

The dress circle likewise has B 15 to 22 far more expensive and missable than seats around it. Take F over E, as that is cheaper, and ignore K as you can go one row behind for the same view and save £7.50. Take rear circle over X and Y stalls if shorter than 5ft 6, as you will see a little more and legroom won't be an issue.

Boxes are second price, good for privacy. Take B and F first, then C and G, D and H above them.

The upper circle is not used for this production.

The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 4pm
NO MONDAY PERFORMANCES.

Runs 2 hours 30 minutes approximately, with one interval.

Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.

Shaftesbury Theatre prices seating plan

When the box office does not have seats available, or you require an alternative choice of seats, the Theatremonkey Ticketshop, telephone 020 7420 9778 (0044 207 420 9778 if calling from outside the United Kingdom), agency service can offer seats with a variable "per ticket" service charge - £19.40 on £88, £14.90 on £67.50, £12.70 on £57.50, £10.50 on £47.50, £7.50 on £37.50, £6.10 on £27.50, £4.40 on £20 seats. More than the box office, but well worth trying as it often has tickets when other companies do not! Note that this system will confirm exact seat numbers prior to purchase. A £1.95 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee may apply on some transactions by telephone. NO handling fee applies for online purchases.

Another alternative is www.seetickets.com which offers seats with a fee of £13.20 on £88, £10.13 on £67.50, £8.63 on £57.50, £7.43 on £47.50, £5.63 on £37.50, £4.13 on £27.50, £3 on £20 seats; and £2.75 per booking (not per ticket) postal charge.

Alternatively, through Ticketmaster with a sliding scale of per ticket booking fees: £17.25 on £88, £13.25 on £67.50, £11.25 on £57.50, £9.50 on £47.50, £5.50 on £27.50, £4 on £20 seats. This system allows you to choose your own seats from the selection the company has available.

Encore Tickets (telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offer seats with booking fees of £17 on £88, £13.50 on £67.50, £11.50 on £57.50, £9.50 on £47.50, £7.50 on £37.50, £5.50 on £27.50, £4 on £20 seats. A postage charge of £1.45 per booking, not per ticket may be applied to bookings made from UK addresses more than 5 days before the performance.

Discounts and "Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available.

 

Londontheatredirect.com charge a booking fee of £17.75 on £88, £11.50 on £57.50, £9.50 on £47.50, £7.50 on £37.50, £5.50 on £27.50, £4 on £20 seats per ticket. Optional Ticket Insurance is also available. 

Discounts and Meal and Show Packages may also be available.

 

 

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