The London premiere of Broadway's Amour at the Charing Cross Theatre feels like a long time coming with Londoners having to wait a cold hard 17 years. Be among the first to get your hands on Amour London musical tickets by booking your seats early!
Tony Award-nominated musical Amour was written by legendary French musician and composer Michel Legrand and it is based on the hit short story, Le Passe-Muraille, by best-selling French novelist Marcel Aymé. Featuring an original French libretto by Didier Van Cauwelaert that was translated into English by renowned theatre director Jeremy Sams, Armour is undoubtedly a world-class production that would be criminal to miss!
Unfortunately, the show's writer, Michel Legrand, will be missing the long-awaited London premiere. The late musician passed away last month at the age of 86. The Broadway production of Amour marked his Broadway debut and the upcoming Charing Cross Theatre production will mark an unofficial homage to the legend, who had long since dreamed of being able to see his masterwork Amour play out live on the London theatre stage.
Amour is a fantasy that takes place in Paris in 1950. It follows a timid and modest civil servant named Dusoleil, who lives by himself and works long and hard in a gloomy office. In order to make time go by quicker at his mundate job, he writes his mother letters and dreams of a fantasy world in which a gorgeous woman named Isabelle is kept locked up by her egocentric husband. Soon, Dusoleil unsuspectingly gains the superpower of walking through walls and begins to live a double life as a 'French Robin Hood.' In order to bring justice to the war-impoverished Parisians, he begins stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Throughout it all, he gets a boost of self-confidence to win over the amour of Isabelle and live the life he's always wanted.
Amour received its world premiere in Paris in 1997 before transferring to Broadway’s Music Box Theatre in 2002. The brief Broadway run was directed by James Lapine and closed after just 48 performances. Despite being whisked away from the stage so quickly, the musical enjoyed phenomenal success with its numerous major award nominations. IT received an astonishing five Tony Award nominations in 2003, including for Best Musical, and was additionally nominated for a whopping nine Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Acotr, Featured Actor and Director.
The Charing Cross Theatre production of Amour will be directed by Hannah Chissick (Aladdin at Theatr Clwyd, Mother Courage, Flashdance, Rent at the Pleasance Theatre) and features choreography by Matt Cole (Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella), production design by Adrian Gee (Urinetown), lighting design by Rob Halliday, (Equus, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins) sound design by Andrew Johnson, (Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong, A Comedy About A Bank Robbery) musical direction by Jordan Li-Smith (Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Amour at the Royal Academy of Music, Sir Jack Lyons Theatre) and production and casting by Danielle Tarento (Fame The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Canterbury Tales).
Ideally situated under Charing Cross Station, the New Players Theatre is brimming with history and is proud to be one of London’s last remaining music hall venues. Over 100 years of entertainment lives within these walls creating a beautifully theatrical atmosphere bursting with memories of London’s finest entertainers - and, back in the days, if you were willing to buy a pint and a cigar then your entrance was free! Sadly with the smoking ban now in force we have to charge a little more than that, but we remain a competitively priced, central London venue, giving audiences the chance to see, with ease, a range of entertainment.
We have been striving to continue the spirit of the venue by entertaining audiences with many kinds of events from late night cabarets, plays, comedy and musicals to showcases, fashion shows and music gigs.
The venue is beautiful and still has the original Victorian bar at the back of the auditorium with the original Victorian glass panelling, as you can imagine the atmosphere in this space is one of a kind. The theatre is perfectly complimented with a highly successful bar and restaurant which opens until 2.30am. We are a venue which hardly sleeps at all.
History Of The Theatre
Founded in 1936 this theatre occupied several premises in the West End before locating to its present site under The Arches below Charing Cross Station. The current site was a famous Victorian music hall which went on to produce many musicals, pantomimes and melodramas.
With 275 seats The New Players Theatre is one of the smallest West End theatres. It was rebuilt in 1989 as part of the Charing Cross re-development to meet the demands of national and international producers wanting a theatre which offers a degree of intimacy and is the equivalent of an Off-Broadway space.
The Theatre and Players Bar and Restaurant have recently been refurbished and are now owned and operated by The Pure Group.
The New Players Theatre and Players Bar and Restaurant have unimpeded access from the Strand or Embankment into the foyer of the venue. From here there is level access to Balcony One for the Theatre, box office, unisex toilet facilities, the bars and restaurant. The main stalls level is 16 steps down from the main entrance, with handrails on either side. The toilets for the main stalls are a further 8 steps down from the doors to the theatre. Seating within the theatre is gently raked from row C onwards. Row K on the central aisle is on the same level as the doors to the theatre and has the most leg room of all rows.
Balcony One has removable seating for up to 4 wheelchairs. The area has an excellent view of the stage and level access from the foyer. Please call the theatre direct to book tickets: 020 7930 5868 during office hours and ask to speak to one of the admin staff.
The venue welcomes guide dogs