Phoenix Theatre


Show & Venue Information

Age Restriction: No under 16s permitted without adult.

Important Info: Contains overt references to sex and murder.

There are plenty of musicals in the West End that have a long and vibrant history in the capital, but few can match the 80-plus years that define Chicago, which began as a play in the 1920s and eventually became a world-famous musical in the 1970s that is known by audiences far and wide. So whether you want to witness modern day musicals such as School Of Rock or wish to delve into the world of the celebrity criminal in the 1920s-set Chicago, the wealth of choice in the West End remains in place.

Chicago returns to the West End in 2018 after a six year absence, beginning performances at the Phoenix Theatre in March and it will provide the latest opportunity to witness this high quality musical.

The show has an iconic story; set in Chicago in the 1920s the musical introduces us to a range of characters from lead Roxie Hart, her newfound friend Velma Kelly and the sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn. Hart is thrown behind bars at the beginning of the musical for the murder of her husband, placing her in the spotlight for reasons that she never anticipated. Kelly, meanwhile, murdered her betraying sister and landed herself behind bars as well. So when the two meet they form a friendship and also decide to follow their dreams of stardom, employing Billy Flynn in their bid for freedom.

The first time that audiences in the West End picked up theatre tickets to witness “Chicago” was in 1979 when it premiered at the Cambridge Theatre. This run was successful and it was eventually revived in 1997 at the Adelphi Theatre, before transferring to the Cambridge Theatre in 2004, then the Garrick Theatre in 2011.

But the story of Chicago goes back much further than that and has its origins as a play of the same name penned in 1926 by Chicago Tribune columnist Maurice Dallas Watkins. It was written during the peak of the celebrity criminal phenomenon and whilst such an appetite for criminal celebrities has faded, the influence of the show has not.

Chicago runs at the West End’s Phoenix Theatre from Monday 26th March 2018.

Location & Travel

Address: Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP - Get directions


Nearest Tube
Tottenham Court Road

Tube Lines
Central, Northern

Directions to theatre
(3mins) Take Tottenham Court Road south (towards Leicester Square) and the theatre will be on your left after 100 metres.


Buses: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 29, 176; (Shaftesbury Avenue) 19, 38

Night Buses: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176 N29, N41, N279; (Shaftesbury Avenue) N5, N19, N20, N38




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Show & Venue Information

Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road

Booking From

Friday, 21st December 2018

Booking To

Saturday, 5th January 2019

Age Restrictions

No under 16s permitted without adult.

Important Info

Contains overt references to sex and murder.

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