The iconic tap dance show

42nd Street

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What's 42nd Street about?

42nd Street, an iconic musical and known for its tap dancing numbers, finally returns to London!

Based on the eponymous film from 1933, the show tells the story of Julian Marsh, Broadway producer, who tried to launch a new musical to return to centre stage after the financial crash of 1929. From the auditions to the first performance, this backstage musical takes us through the adventures of creating a show on New York's 42nd Street.

Peggy Sawyer, a young singer who has left home to pursue a career in New York, is hired as an understudy dancer. During the first show she accidentally injures the star of the show, Dorothy Brook, who is forced to give up on the stage forever. Peggy is chosen to replace Dorothy at short notice. 42nd Street is ultimately the story of a fallen and rising star... Will Peggy be up for the challenge?

Why should you see 42nd Street?

42nd Street makes tap dancing the star of the show. A success since its first performance in 1980 in Foxwood Theater on Broadway, this show was written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the cult film of the 30s has had several revivals. The musical won two Tony Awards in 1981 for Best Musical and Best Choreography.

This new London production is directed by Jonathan Church. The dazzling tap dancing numbers follow one after another at a frenetic pace, making 42nd Street an ultra-dynamic and colourful show where joie de vivre and the dazzling world of Broadway are celebrated.

More than 50 performers come together on stage to perform legendary songs: We’re in the money, Lullaby of Broadway, 42nd Street and Shuffle off to Buffalo. An artistic feat which will stay in your memory forever!

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Fantastic, incredible choreography. Top actors, singers and dancers! My friend wasn't excited about an evening of tap dancing but by the end, he loved it! You don't need to understand loads of English to understand the story. A great evening. Magnificent theatre... over too soon!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Eleanor, the 16/05/2023

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It was great. The orchestra, incredible singers and dancers, magnificent costumes and a touch of burlesque is just what was needed… an excellent night and very simulating even if we didn't understand all the English anecdotes. A must see musical, you'll come away in a good mood.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Felix, the 14/05/2023

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It was an incredible show. Absolutely perfect. Everything came together to create an excellent evening. The actors/singers and dancers are top quality as well as the costumes and high-quality staging. Everyone on stage and in the audience was enthusiastic. A huge congratulations to this cast, producer, director, costume designers and technicians. I saw the show in Paris and didn't think twice about seeing it again in London. Bravo!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Derek, the 12/05/2023

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A rainbow of colours! Dreamy costumes and décor! Tap dancing, singing and humour, a truly classic musical. We had a lovely evening in a legendary theatre. The cast are excellent with a special mention to the musicians who perform live on stage.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Ethel, the 10/05/2023

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Dazzling, fantastic, breath taking! This show will make you want to dance… The dancers, who are also singers and actors, the exceptional staging and moving orchestra… such talent! We saw an incredible show which put stars in our eyes! THANK YOU for an unforgettable moment!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Cora, the 08/05/2023

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Frequently asked questions

Tickets for 42nd Street start at £72 per seat, depending on the performance date and seats chosen.

42nd Street is playing at Sadler's Wells. The address is: Rosebery Avenue, Islington, EC1R 4TN London.

Based on the information we have at the moment, 42nd Street will run until 01/07/2023. There's always a possibility that the production will extend their run.

Lots of musicals are family shows designed to appeal to children! However, please be aware that the theatre have set a minimum age of 5 to see 42nd Street.

To get cheap tickets for 42nd Street in London, you can visit the TKTS London last-minute box office for on the day tickets. However, as 42nd Street is one of the most popular shows, it's very likely that TKTS may not have any seats available for this show.

If you want to see a specific show or if you have limited flexiblity in terms of dates, or want to secure a good seat, we recommend booking your tickets online ahead of time. By booking in advance, you'll end up with much better seats and see your favourite shows on a date that suits you.

Depending on the theatre, you'll be offered several ways to get your tickets during payment:

  • Collect my tickets at the theatre. Please come to the box office counters at the theatre 30 minutes before the performance begins with the booking confirmation email. You'll be asked to show ID or the bank card of the person who booked the tickets.
  • Send me my tickets by email. Go directly to the entrance 20 minutes before the start of the performance with your PDF tickets (printed or displayed on mobile).

Every theatre has been renovated recently with evey seat giving you a good view of the stage. However, the further you are from the stage, the further you are from the magic. The seats marked by a half-coloured circle indicate less good visibility (these seats are often at the back and so you can't see the whole set). We recommend avoiding them when selecting your seats.

We accept most bank cards via our secure payment system (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Ticket prices are set by theatres and productions. Even though the majority of musicals are suitable for children, there is no preferential child ticket.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless in the event of force majeure (the performance is cancelled or interrupted). If this is the case, the theatre or event organiser will contact you to begin the refund process.

An advertised actor can be replaced by another actor without any prior warning. Unfortunately, this is not a valid reason for requesting a refund.

Taking photos and videos is generally prohibited in theatres.