I can't sing, The X factor musical Icon

London Palladium

Argyll Street W1A 3AB

I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical

London Palladium 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 London Palladium photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 27th Feb 14
Opens 26th Mar 14
Booking to 25th Oct 14

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thu & Sat 3.00 pm
Matinée commence
15 Mar
Length of show - TBC

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




I skimmed through a whole lot of murky, snide sniping about this show. The comments about this show were odd. The perceived perception of the potential audience is as though they were in the business themselves.  Picking at the grit like 'it's been done before', 'the audience isn't big as Come Dancing', and so forth.  think we care whether the show makes money or not?  Frankly that's not anybody's business except the people putting on the show.

Let's face it people like going to theatres to watch and hear living people singing songs they haven't heard before or that are very familiar to them. It doesn't matter which.

You can wrap it in a variety of medicine - instruments being played, maybe some dancing being danced, special effects, even humour, choruses all sorts.

As for the familiarity factor – who cares? There are thousands of brilliant new plays written and waiting in the wings to be put on in the West End. But let's face it unless they have singing and dancing they may not get a very big audience.

The trailer actually sums up quite a lot and gives away a great deal as trailers go -it's so much more fun seeing something happening than watching a whole load of celebs trying to get in on the opening night.… or else desperately trying to avoid it.

Harry HillSo all the ant critics can be right or wrong let's hope a lot of people get along because real singers and songs are popular. It's hardly any wonder when on the air is a phenomenal amount of plinkity-plonk and artificial sounds and empty words. Really you have to be out of your bonce on something to endeavour to give it any attention at all.

The status quo on music on offer is turning around very quickly. What with Spotify Rdio and Beazer anything is available any time so the likelihood is you'll hear some real music and relearn a taste for it.

In addition there is no doubt about it, people enjoy engaging with real life performance. So I advise just book a party and have a good time.

If it's not grotty and grimy enough for you to feel something pretty miserable – then try the opposite end of the scale and check out Mojo and/or some créme de menthe at the bar.


  • Nigel Harman - Simon Cowell
  • Cynthia Erivo - Chenice
  • Alan Morrissey - Max
  • Ashley Knight - Louis
  • Victoria Elliott - Jordy
  • Simon Bailey - Liam O'Deary
  • Billy Carter - Gerard Smalls
  • Simon Lipkin - Barlow
  • Joe Speare - Grandad
  • Katy Secombe - Brenda
  • Charlie Baker - The Hunchback
  • Shaun Smith & Rowen Hawkins - Alterboyz

  • Music & Lyrics - Steve Brown
  • Book & Lyrics - Harry Hill
  • Director - Sean Foley
  • Design - Es Devin
  • Lighting- Jon Clark
  • Choreography - Kate Price
  • Sound - Gareth Owen
  • Producer - Stage Entertainment UK and Syco Entertainment
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