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Shaftesbury Theatre

  • Theatre
  • Shaftesbury Avenue
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Time Out says

This Edwardian theatre has served as a musicals house for much of its recent history, with the unfortunate reputation for playing host to a considerable number of flops. Still, the success of ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Motown’ showed that it’s hardly cursed. In late 2019 it’s due to play host to ‘& Juliet’, a gloriously dumb-looking jukebox celebration of the songs of Max Martin that has ‘hit’ written all over it silly grinning face.


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Mrs Doubtfire

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals

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