A brand new stage version of Mrs Henderson Presents is coming to the West End in Winter 2016.
Starring Olivier-Award winning actress Tracie Bennett and Emma Williams, Mrs Henderson Presents & The Musical is based on the BAFTA and Oscar winning British movie by Stephen Frears which starred Judi Dench as Laura Henderson, the late Bob Hoskins as Vivian Van Damm, Will Young as Bertie and Kelly Reilly as Maureen.
Mrs Henderson Presents will play a limited season from 9 February 2016 at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Mrs Henderson Presents is the true-life story of the Windmill Theatre in London's Soho, run by the formidable Laura Henderson. Recently widowed, the 70 year old Mrs Henderson opens the Windmill and hits on the idea of presenting vaudeville shows featuring tableaux of nude young ladies to entertain the the troops and boost morale during the Blitz. The theatre became famous for its refusal to close despite the bombings, and its catchphrase "We never close" went down in history.
Reviews from the Theatre Royal Bath production
"PHWOARSOME! Unashamedly entertaining, often deliciously funny& I have not emerged from a theatre feeling quite so cheerful for a long time. It was beautiful." Daily Mail
"A shot in the arm for the British musical& a defiantly patriotic piece with a delightful score, rousing ensemble and first-rate performances." The Guardian
"A terrific, authentically British-flavoured new musical." The Stage
"Unmissable&. Bursts with glitz and glamour." The Public Reviews
"Terry Johnson's relentlessly inventive production&. Lively and crowd-pleasing." The Times
"The best British musical since Matilda." British Theatre
"Terry Johnson's witty and sensitive direction& provides a rich, moving and entertaining tapestry of a significant era in the nation's history." Stage Talk Magazine