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The classic Broadway musical 'Guys and Dolls' returns to the West End this winter, proving that luck is certainly a lady for the Chichester Festival Theatre, whose production follows their smash hit revival of 'Gypsy' straight into the Savoy Theatre. One of the most popular musicals ever written, the show is frequently described as the most perfect musical, combining stunning musical numbers, hilarious characters and an romantic boy-meets-girl story.
Based on Damon Runyon's short stories and featuring an unforgettable score of Frank Loesser hits such as “Luck, Be a Lady Tonight”, “Take Back Your Mink”, “Adelaide's Lament” and of course, “Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat”, this dazzling production fizzes with energy, charm and entertainment. The original Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and ran for over 1000 performances, and has since been revived multiple times around the world.
Ballet sensation Carlos Acosta teams with celebrated choreographer Andrew Wright to bring a new energy to this production, which is directed by Gordon Greenburg. The original Chichester production was met with much critical praise, and with many of the cast set to reprise their performances in the West End, this outstanding production is one musical that fans of the show, and those discovering it for the first time, will not want to miss.
Based on Damon Runyon's sketches of Broadway, the musical is set in New York City in the 1950s, where underground crap games and unlikely gangsters run the show. Nathan Detroit proposes a bet against fellow gambler Sky Masterson, that he must take a doll of Nathan's choice to dinner in Havana, Cuba. Sky agrees, leading Nathan to choose Sarah Brown, the beautiful yet pious leader of the 'Save Our Souls' mission.
Whilst Sky sets about trying to win his bet, against Sarah's immediate wishes, Nathan goes to see his fiancé of 14 years Adelaide perform downtown with her Hot Box girls. She is distraught to find out that Nathan is still running the crap game, and equally upset that their impending nuptials seem to get further and further away.
As Sky succeeds in taking Sarah Brown to Havana, she is furious to hear she was part of a bet. Despite the fact she realises she actually is love with him, she leaves him, but agrees to let his friends fill up her mission in order to stop it being shut down. Both sets of guys and dolls continue to battle their feelings, resulting in multiple happy weddings, and lady luck finally smiling on Sky.
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(5mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Go right 200 metres and the theatre is on your right.