About High Society

The Old Vic Theatre present a brand new production of Cole Porter's classic musical comedy, 'High Society', directed by the multi-award winning director and performer Maria Friedman. This effervescent musical is based on  the play 'The Philadelphia Story' and the classic MGM film 'High Society' which starred Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, and is one of the most elegant shows of all time.

Staged in the round, this glorious new production is set to be the 'swell party' of the year. Featuring an unforgettable score of jazz standards such as “Who Wants to Be an Millionaire?”, “What a Swell Party”, “True Love” and “Well, Did you Evah?” coupled with breathtaking choreography by Nathan M Wright, this glamorous musical is a perfect feel-good summer treat.

First staged on Broadway in 1998, the show hasn't been seen in London since 2005. This unique production will feature a live on-stage jazz band, complete with the pianist and singer Joe Stilgoe, realising one of the most hummable scores ever written for a musical. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see one of Cole Porter's most popular musicals in this all new “swellegant, elegant” production.    

What's the story?

It's the height of summer on an estate in Long Island's pretentious Oyster Bay where we meet socialite Tracy Lord who is in the middle of planning her second lavish wedding. Whilst her mother is fraught with the stress of the preparations, her younger sister Dinah mourns her siblings' choice of groom.

As the event shapes up to be the wedding of the year, Tracy's first husband Dexter sails in on the 'True Love' boat, bringing a mixture of painful, yet exciting memories for the bride-to-be. A number of reporters arrive at the wedding in disguise, among them Mike Connor, who in turn falls for Tracy – meaning she becomes the object of three different men's affections.

The “swellegant, elegant” party begins, and as the champagne begins to flow Tracy is forced to consider her options. With a little meddling from her sister Dinah, the party is turned upside down and this screwball comedy reaches its glamorous conclusion.   

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Where is High Society ?

103 The Cut London SE1 8NB
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507
  • Parking: Waterloo Station (4mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243
  • Nearest Tube: Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee
  • Directions:

    (7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

  • Nearest Station: Waterloo