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Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt

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Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt arrives at the Palace Theatre for Covid-safe performances

Award-winning comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay invites a socially distanced squirm and laugh as they hear his eye-opening and often hilarious stories about life on the NHS front lines. This is Going to Hurt opens for a limited season at the Palace Theatre in December. Book your tickets using the search form to the right of this page.

Adapted from Kay’s Sunday Times best-selling novel of the same name, This is Going to Hurt offers a unique insight into the life of a young medical professional. This show mixes gory hospital stories, witty songs, and first-hand observations into a highly entertaining and informative piece of performance comedy.

This socially distanced run at the Palace follows several years of success for This is Going to Hurt, having sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe for three years running, then moving to the Soho Theatre in 2017, followed by a UK tour that featured performances at the Garrick and Vaudeville Theatres in London’s West End.

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Adam Kay dressed in hospital scrubs in This is Going to Hurt at the Palace Theatre, London

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer who held a former career as a junior doctor. While studying, Kay founded the musical parody band ‘Amateur Transplants’, who are most famous for ‘London Underground’, a parody of ‘Going Underground’ by The Jam. Kay has written for television shows including Mrs Brown’s Boys, Very British Problems and Mitchell and Webb.

Important Information

To assist with track and trace the venue are introducing an airline-style check-in.

  • 48 hours before your performance you will receive a pre-visit email with a check-in link from Nimax Theatres
  • You will be required to confirm that members of your party do not have Covid-19 symptoms – if you cannot confirm this you will be given details on how to exchange (this must be completed no later than 10am on the morning of your performance).
  • Email address – this will be used to communicate pre-show procedures to you, assist with track and trace and provide e-tickets on completion of check-in.
  • The venue will only accept E-ticket for admittance
  • Nimax Theatres will provide you with a contactless e-tickets upon completion of “check-in”.

Note that while London remains under Covid High-Level restrictions, by continuing with your booking you agree that the seats you are purchasing will enable only members of your household or support bubble to sit together.

Running Times

The performance is approximately an hour and ten minutes, with no interval.

Suitable for Children?

This is Going to Hurt is recommended for ages 12+.

Reviews

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Adam Kay: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

Adam Kay Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas at the Palace Theatre, London

Doctor-turned-comedian Adam Kay takes us on another hilarious and heart-warming journey onto the NHS wards in Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, giving audiences a peek behind the blue curtain during the festive season at the Palace Theatre.

Following on from the massive success of This is Going to Hurt, based on the book of the same name, former junior doctor Adam Kay delves deeper into life on the wards during Christmas. What for most of us is a time for family, feasting and presents brings all kinds of new challenges for the hard-working staff of the NHS as new Christmas miracles are born and foolish people partake in a few too many Christmas spirits and end up in all kinds of trouble.

With the warm storytelling and comic music he has become known for, Adam Kay presents a show that will bring plenty of festive cheer to the Palace Theatre, while reminding us all of the incredible debt we owe to the heroes of the NHS.

Important Information

The audience capacity of the Palace Theatre has been reduced to comply with COVID-19 Secure guidelines for social distancing, along with robust risk mitigation. Hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace will be in place, as well as contactless tickets, temperature testing and regular deep cleaning of the theatre. E-Tickets will be provided with bookings to reduce contact.

Please note you will be contacted by the venue 48 hours before the performance with instructions on how to check-in and retrieve your e-ticket.

Also note that while London remains under Covid High-Level restrictions, by continuing with your booking you agree that the seats you are purchasing will enable only members of your household or support bubble to sit together.

Cast & Creative

Adam Kay wearing Christmas Lights and Santa Hat in Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer who held a former career as a junior doctor. His book This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor became a bestseller and his show based on the book has toured the UK and West End to great acclaim. While studying, Kay founded the musical parody band ‘Amateur Transplants’, who became known for ‘London Underground’, a parody of ‘Going Underground’ by The Jam. Kay has written for television shows including Mrs Brown’s BoysVery British Problems and Mitchell and Webb.

Running Times

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas plays from 21st December 2020 until 3rd January 2021.

The running time for Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is 70 minutes with no interval.

Suitable for Children?

Age recommendation is 12+

The Show Must Go On! Live at the Palace Theatre

The Show Must Go On! Live at the Palace Theatre

The vibrancy and joy of London’s West End is celebrated and supported in The Show Must Go On! Live at the Palace Theatre

This charity concert showcasing a huge variety of West End talent will delight audience and raise vital funds for charities that support the thousands of theatre workers and freelancers who have been hit so hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

All profits from The Show Must Go On! will be donated to Acting For Others and The Fleabag Support Fund. These charities support theatre workers who have suddenly found themselves unable to work in this year of mass theatre-closures.

Cast & Creative

The Show Must Go On! features performances from shows including & Juliet, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, MAMMA MIA!, The Prince of Egypt, SIX, TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL and Wicked. Even more shows are set to be announced soon, so this concert will be truly packed with West End talent!

Luke Sheppard and Anna Fox direct the concert, with Set Design by Soutra Gilmour. Lighting Design is provided by Neil Austin and Howard Hudson along with Video Design by Finn Ross and Fray Studio. Adam Fisher is Sound Designer with Stephen Brooker as Musical Supervisor and Conductor.

Running Times

The running time is TBC.

Suitable for Children?

Age recommendations are currently TBC.

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

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Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny will bring the comedian’s signature dark humour and sharp observations to the Palace Theatre in 2021

Britain’s best-loved funny man, Jimmy Carr, arrives at the Palace Theatre to make a socially distanced audience laugh at many of life’s most terrible things.

The acclaimed comedian from TV’s 8 Out of 10 Cats is pulling no punches with his new show Terribly Funny, which takes a wry look at many terrible things and finds the funny in all of them. In a year with so much bad news as 2020, a good laugh is exactly what people need, and Jimmy Carr is the man to provide it.

This is not a show for the easily offended. Jimmy Carr’s signature style takes no prisoners and this show deliberately chooses the most terrible topics to poke fun at. Terrible things that may have happened to you, or people you know and love are all ripe material for this no-holds-barred comedian.

While the topics may be terrible, Jimmy Carr’s warm and joyful style will be sure to keep the laughs coming and leave audience members feeling good.

Important Information

The audience capacity of the Palace Theatre has been reduced to comply with COVID-19 Secure guidelines for social distancing, along with robust risk mitigation. Hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace will be in place, as well as contactless tickets, temperature testing and regular deep cleaning of the theatre. E-Tickets will be provided with bookings to reduce contact.

Please note you will be contacted by the venue 48 hours before the performance with instructions on how to check-in and retrieve your e-ticket.

Also note that while London remains under Covid High-Level restrictions, by continuing with your booking you agree that the seats you are purchasing will enable only members of your household or support bubble to sit together.

Cast & Creative

Jimmy Carr is a staple of British prime time as the long-established host of Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and its spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Carr also makes regular appearances on panel shows such as A League of Their Own and QI. Carr’s true passion, however, is stand-up comedy where he has proven his unmatched skills again and again. His ability to put down any heckler is legendary.

Running Times

The running time for Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny is to be confirmed.

Suitable for Children?

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny is restricted to ages 16+.

Eddie Izzard Force Majeure

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Eddie Izzard returns to the West End, arriving at London’s Palace Theatre for an exclusive four-week residency from January 18th 2016.

Izzard is to spruce previous show Force Majeure, presenting a new “reloaded” version to the stage.

Izzard is well known for his rambling style of comedy, often bringing a whimsical stream of consciousness to the stage, much to the audiences’ bemusement. True to form, Force Majeure Reloaded promises to deliver the audience with laughs a plenty.

For the past three years Izzard has been touring the globe, presenting his stand-up comedy show to audiences in four different languages. By the time Force Majeure Reloaded reaches the Palace Theatre, it will have been seen by audiences in Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Canada, the United States and regional parts of the UK.

Force Majeure Reloaded will run for a limited season from January 18th to February 17th at the Palace Theatre London.

Running time: Approx 2 hours including an interval.

February 12th sees Eddie Izzard performing One Word Improv.

The Three Little Pigs

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The Three Little Pigs West End Palace Theatre LondonThe Three Little Pigs West End comes huffing and puffing into  the Palace Theatre for a 5 week run from the 5th August.

In this new retelling of the fable, The Three Little Pigs are super star performers and renowned celebrities. Trotting around as the famous porkers they are, the whole world seems to adore them, especially their mother who misses giving them “hogs and kisses.” One animal who does NOT enjoy the pigs, however, is the big bad wolf. Can the three pigs outsmart the nasty sharp toothed wolf? Or will he huff and puff and blow the Palace Theatre down, taking the pigs with it?

Cast and Creative

The classic fairytale is adapted for the stage by Olivier Award winning song writing duo, George Stiles and Athony Drewe, who breathe a modern day life into this beloved children’s classic.

Former Blue band member, Simon Webbe plays the big bad wolf and is joined by
Dan Buckley (Loserville, The Book of Mormon) who will play Q, a bookwormish little pig. Leanne Jones will play Bee, Taofique Folarin plays Bar and Alison Jiear also stars as Mother.

The creative team includes Ewan Jones as choreographer, Jason Denvir as designer, Olivier Fenwick as lighting designer and Jon Fiber as sound designer.

Book tickets to see this fun show now !

Show Dates and Times

The Three Little Pigs opens on the 5th August and run to the 6th September. Show times will vary, with the latest at 2pm. Check when booking.  runs for approximately 50 minutes without interval.

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Age Recommendation

The Three Little Pigs is fund for all the family and is best suited for children aged 3+

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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‘moments that simply take your breath away’

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‘it grips, it stirs, it delights’

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‘entirely captivating and particularly emotional’

After officially opening at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, selling out within hours of tickets going on sale. One of the most anticipated productions of 2016, the show takes place across two parts which are performed at separate times.

J.K Rowling has teamed up with writer Jack Thorne (Let the Right One In, This is England) and prolific director John Tiffany (The Glass Menagerie) to present the latest instalment of the beloved Harry Potter series. An entirely original story told over two instalments, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the sequel to the previous books and films, following Harry and his family ’19 years later’.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child focuses on the struggles of Harry’s second son, Albus Severus. Fearing being placed in Slytherin on his arrival to Hogwarts, Albus must carry the legacy of the Potter family name. Meanwhile, Harry is a full-time employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father, but is still affected by a past that refuses to stay where it belongs. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sees a plethora of well-known characters appear throughout the play, with magnificent special effects guaranteed.

April 2017 saw the play receive a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards at the annual theatrical ceremony. Awards included Best New Play, Best Director for John Tiffany, Best Lighting Design for Neil Austin, Best Sound Design for Gareth Fry, Best Costume Design by Katrina Lindsay, Best Set Design for Christine Jones, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Anthony Boyle, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Noma Dumezweni and Best Actor for Jamie Parker.

Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise spans seven books and eight films, including the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, starring Eddie Redmayne. Selling over 450 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter continues to be one of the world’s most successful stories, pulling audiences into the magical world of Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.

Cast and Creative

Alongside J.K RowlingJack Thorne and John Tiffany, the creative team for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child includes prolific movement director Steven Hoggett, who is best known for his work on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. The production also features set design by Christine Jones, costume by Katrina Lindsay, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry and music by Imogen Heap.

Original casting included Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Paul Thornley as Ron, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-Weasley and Poppy Miller as Ginny.

The current cast includes Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, Michelle Gayle as Hermione Granger, and Rayxia-Oji as Rose Granger-Weasley. Dominic Short plays Albus Potter, Susie Trayling as Ginny Potter, James Howard plays Draco Malfoy, with Jonathan Case as his son Scorpius Malofy.

Show Lengths and Times

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened at the Palace Theatre London July 30th 2016. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, there are matinees of Part One and an evening performance of Part Two. One ticket secures the same seat for both shows on the same day. Thursdays provide an evening performance of Part One, with Part Two on Friday Evening.

Part I runs at approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
Part II runs at approximately 2 hours 35 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Suitable for Children?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is relatively family-friendly and is recommended for ages 10 and up. Please note that the Palace Theatre will not admit babes-in-arms. Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket.

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Derren Brown Miracle

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Derren Brown returns to the Palace Theatre in his new show, Miracle, directed by Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor. Tickets are on sale for what promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of the year!

Following the departure of The Commitments, the show runs at the Palace Theatre between 11 November 2015 to 16 January 2016.

Miracle is Brown’s seventh show since 2003 and his second stint at the Palace Theatre, following the success of Infamous in 2013. His previous works include Something Wicked This Way Comes, Enigma, An Evening of WondersSvengali and Infamous. For his theatrical work Brown has earned several Oliver Awards Nominations, winning awards for Something Wicked This Way Comes and Svengali, and is a highly regarded stage performer.

Off stage, Brown has wowed with experimental shows such as Hero at 30,000 Feet, Russian Roulette, Apocalypse and The Great Art Robber

Brown’s co-collaborator, Andy Nyman, is also an actor and magician, has previously worked with Derren on Something Wicked This Way Comes and Enigma on stage and a plethora of Brown’s work off stage. Nyman is also the co-creator of stage show, Ghost Stories. 

Andrew O’Connor is also a magician turned stage performer and director and is known for his work producing Peep Show, acting on stage in Me and My Girl and Barnum and directing a revival of Anything Goes.

Miracle is Brown’s second show at the Palace Theatre, following the successful run of Infamous in 2013.

Derren Brown describes his show as “An extraordinary voyage,” and his “boldest, most contentious show yet.”

 

Brainiac Live!

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About the Show

“Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls – due to popular demand,  science’s greatest and most volatile live show is back with a vengeance…”

Brainiac Live! is the hit stage show based on the multi-award winning TV program of the same name. This show cuts through the chemistry and puts the fizz back into physics by displaying a whole host of stage experiments complete with outrageous explosions!  Science has never been as fun as this mischievous band of scientists take you on a whirlwind ride throughout the wacky and wonderful effects that science can have in every day life. The show features everything from exploding household objects to combusting particles, and is unlike anything you have every seen on stage!

This brand new stage show is written by Dan Colman, Andy Joyce and Mark Thompson. Actors Andy Joyce and Rik Warren will be keeping the children entertained through their natural onstage chemistry and amusing tales that bring science to life in front of your very eyes.

Suitability 

Recommended age range 7-14.

The running time is 1 hour.

Performance Schedule 

JULY 2013 

THU 18 2pm
FRI 19 11am
SAT 20 12.30pm & 2.30pm
SUN 21 2pm & 4pm
SAT 27 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
AUGUST 2013 
FRI 2 4pm
SAT 3 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
SUN 4 12pm & 2pm
WED 7 11am & 2pm
THU 8 11am & 2pm
FRI 9 11am, 2pm & 4pm
SAT 10 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
SUN 11 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
TUE 13 11 am & 2pm
WED 14 11am & 2pm
THU 15 11am & 2pm
FRI 16 11am, 2pm & 4pm
SAT 17 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Official Tickets

Official tickets to Brainiac Live! are available by selecting the show from the drop-down menu in the search box at the side of the page.

The Commitments

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Roddy Doyle’s best selling novel, The Commitments has been adapted into a full scale stage musical, and had its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in the Autumn of 2013.

The Commitments is set in Dublin in the 1980’s and is the tale of an band manager, Jimmy Rabbitte and a group of aspiring musicians who get together in the hope of forming a band. Jimmy wants to manage the world’s greatest soul band and, like a true businessman, he holds auditions at his parents’ house along in the hope of discovering musical talent. Unlike Jimmy’s soul idols such as Aretha Franklin and Ottis Reading, Jimmy finds himself with a group of white and weedy musicians. Hell bent on transforming the group into something great, Jimmy names the band “The Commitments” and together they attempt to head up an Irish soul revolution.

The Commitments includes the famous soul numbers “Mustang Sally”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Try a Little Tenderness.”

The Commitments was also adapted into a film in 1991 which was voted as “the best Irish film of all time” in a 2005 poll a sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey. Like the film, the stage production of The Commitments is a close adaptation of the novel and hopes to secure similar popularity and success.

Dublin truly takes over London’s West End as The Commitments follows in the footsteps of successful Irish musical, Once, which opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April to a generally warm critical response.

The Commitments will close on Sunday 1st November 2015. Book now for your last chance to see the show!

Cast and Creative

The Commitments was written by Roddy Doyle and is directed by Jamie Lloyd, who has worked on a number of successful productions in the last few years including the sell out run of Macbeth starring James McAvoy at the Trafalgar Studios. His work on musical theatre was enjoyed at the Donmar Warehouse with critically acclaimed productions of ‘Passion’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’.  Set design for the show is by Soutra Gilmour, with Lighting Design by Jon Clark and Sound Design by Rory Madden. Ann Yee provides the choreography, alongside Alan Williams as Musical Supervisor and Arranger.

The cast for The Commitments includes:  Brian Gilligan as Declan “Deco” Cuffe and Denis Grindel as Jimmy Rabbitte.

Show Lengths and Times

The Commitments opened for previews at the Palace Theatre from the 21st September with press night on 8th October 2013. Performances are Tuesday to Sunday evenings at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Sunday shows are at 2:30pm & 7pm. The show length is 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one interval.

Suitable for Children

The Commitments contains some adult themes and the occasional swear word, making it unsuitable for young children. Children over the age of 12 are welcome to enjoy the show if accompanied by an adult.

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Tickets

Tickets for The Commitments are on sale and you can book them above using the search form on the left of the page.

Reviews

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