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Mrs Henderson Presents

REVIEWS
  • "It made me proud to be British"

    Daily Express
  • "Joyus musical fun...It's a winner!"

    The Times
  • "New British musical suffused with charm, warmth and sincerity"

    The Stage
  • "A story of showbiz survival against the odds"

    WhatsOnStage
  • "It's a celebration of a chapter of theatre history, of blitz spirit and an early demonstration of girl power"

    The Mail on Sunday
  • "Unashamedly entertaining! I have not emerged from a theatre feeling quite so cheerful for a long time"

    Daily Mail
  • "It's as bright as a showgirl's sequin and patriotic as a jam sandwich"

    The Independent
  • "A shot in the arm for the British musical"

    The Guardian
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
  • Olivier Awards 2016MasterCard Best New Musical
  • Olivier Awards 2016Best Actress in a Musical - Tracie Bennett
  • Olivier Awards 2016Best Actor in a Musical - Ian Bartholomew
  • Oliver Awards 2016Best Supporting Actress in a Musical - Emma Williams
SYNOPSIS

Nominated for four Olivier Awards, Mrs Henderson Presents is a hilarious five star musical based on the 2005 film starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.

Mrs Henderson Presents takes us to a dreary London in 1937. We meet Laura Henderson, a recently widowed Londoner, hopelessly searching for a way to spend her time and money. Circumstances lead her to the renovation of a theatre, and she recruits a feisty impresario, Vivian Van Damm, to present a bill of show-stopping acts. As war looms and box office sales struggle, Mrs Henderson has an idea... The Windmill Girls! She gathers a glamorous group of nude females to pose as statues and before long the audience flocks!

With book and direction by the Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson (La Cage Aux Folles), choreography by Andrew Wright (Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls), lyrics by the multi-award-winning Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) and music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, this extraordinary and heartwarming new production stars Olivier-winner Tracie Bennett (Les Misérables, End of the Rainbow, ITV’s Coronation Street), Olivier-nominated Ian Bartholomew (Into the Woods) and Olivier-nominated Emma Williams (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

“Bruno Wang Productions have hugely enjoyed co-producing such an energetic, heart-warming and high-spirited British musical,’’ says Mr Wang. ‘’The show portrays a group of courageous individuals celebrating life in the face of adversity.

The war affected their day to day lives but never their spirits, there are poignant parallels to our lives under today’s current climate."

Cast

  • 01.Tracie Bennett is Laura Henderson
  • 02.Ian Bartholomew is Vivian Van Damm
  • 03.Emma Williams is Maureen
  • 04.Jamie Foreman is Arthur
GALLERY
NEWS
  • 01. Daily Express


    “Never was so much shown by so few to so many,” says one of the Windmill girls in Terry Johnson’s vibrant and revealing musical. This celebration of the indomitable British spirit is based on the film which starred Judi Dench as the redoubtable Mrs Laura Henderson, the woman who first brought female nudity to the London stage. It is quite simply a triumph. With the Second World War looming, rich widow Mrs Henderson (Tracie Bennett) buys a decrepit theatre and hires Vivian Van Damm (Ian Bartholomew) to run it, putting on revue shows with the usual leggy girls, comics and magicians.

    But business is poor and her losses crippling until she has an idea, symbolised superbly by a perfectly placed lightbulb above her head: nude girls, acceptable to the censor as long as they don’t move or, er, wobble.



    Full review here

  • 02. Mail on Sunday

    "It is beautiful. And often deliciously funny, even patriotic. I have not emerged from a theatre feeling quite so cheerful for a long time."

  • 03. The Stage

    "I'm happy to report that this show is no bomb, but scores a direct hit of its own."