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The Boy Friend

November - March 2020

About The Show

Sandy Wilson’s all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies returns for the first major London revival in over 10 years. Set in Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school in the south of France, these perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them. Since its premiere in 1953, this light-hearted soufflé of a show has delighted audiences worldwide and has become one of the most well-loved British musicals of all time.

The Boy Friend opened in London in 1953, before a West End run in 1954, and ran for more than 5 years. The subsequent Broadway run in 1954 made a star of the then-unknown Julie Andrews.

The production sees Matthew White renew his collaboration with the Menier – he previously directed She Loves Me, Candide, Sweet Charity (also West End), Little Shop of Horrors (also West End) and The Last Five Years.

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The Boy Friend

Show Info



22 November 2019 –
7 March 2020



Tuesday – Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm

Running time

2 hours and 25 minutes,
including 2 intervals


Craig Armstrong

Tom Bales

Jack Butterworth

Ryan Carter

Alison Connell

Janie Dee

Adrian Edmondson

Chloe Goodliffe

Tiffany Graves

Bethany Huckle

Matthew Ives

Emily Langham

Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson

Dylan Mason

Peter Nash

Amara Okereke

Robert Portal

Annie Southall

Issy van Randwyck


Book, Music and Lyrics by
Sandy Wilson

Matthew White

Choreography &
Associate Direction

Bill Deamer

Paul Farnsworth

Lighting design
Paul Anderson

Sound Design
Gregory Clarke

Hair & Wig Design
Richard Mawbey

Musical Supervision & Direction
Simon Beck

David Cullen

Presented in association with