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Piccadilly Theatre

Denman Street W1D 7DY

Viva Forever

Piccadilly theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Piccadilly Theatre - Viva Forever photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2012

Show Details

Preview 27th Nov 12
Opens 11th Dec 12
Booking to 29th Jun 13

Show Times

Mon - Thurs 7.30 pm
Fri 5.00 & 8.30 pm
3.00 & 7.30 pm

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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.




  • Sally Ann Triplett - Lauren
  • Hannah John-Kamen - Viva
  • Siobhan Athwal - Luce
  • Lucy Phelps - Diamond
  • Dominique Provost-Chalkley - Holly
  • Lucy Montgomery - Suzi
  • Simon Slater - Mitch
  • Bill Ward - one of the Judges
  • Sally Dexter - one of the Judges
  • Tamara Wall - one of the Judges
  • Ben Cura - Angel
  • Hatty Preston - Minty
  • Simon Adkins - Leon
  • Anthony Topham - Lance
  • Tom Kanavan
  • Zak Nemorin
  • Curtis Angus
  • Luke Jackson
  • Oliver Roll
  • David Rudin
  • Darren Carnall
  • Myles Brown
  • Charlotte Gorton
  • Rebecca Mckinnis
  • Lucy Thatcher
  • Roxanne Palmer
  • Charlotte Walcott
  • Sophie Carmen-Jones
  • Carla Nella
  • Kirstie Skivington
  • Helen Ternent

  • Play Script - Jennifer Saunders
  • Book - Jennifer Saunders
  • Director - Paul Garrington
  • Design - Peter McKintosh
  • Lighting - Howard Harrison
  • Choreography - Lynne Page
  • Sound - Bobby Aitken
  • Songs - The Spice Girls
  • Producer - Judy Craymer in association with the Spice Girls.


Icon - legend - call it what you will the global smash hit of Mama Mia! will go on beyond the prophesied 'end of days' as its clearly what we really really want.

Spice GirlsHere's another bit of smart guesswork - so will Viva Forever perpetuate the songs of the Spice Girls - particularly as an original story written by Jennifer Saunders provide the ship to sail the show onwards in any seas.

The Spice Girls had a unique market - from 6-18 year olds - even earlier.  As soon as a girl started to like pink as a colour they could see themselves as a spice girl.  The public demand was such an obvious 'spike' that everyone got together in the industry (who had originally passed them up) and decided "this one's going to go". And it 'flew'.

Judy Craymer who produced Mama Mia approached Jennifer Saunders who said YES! So now all the bored cynical and bitter know-it-alls who are going "Oh no not another one...". could be in for a surprise.

Viva Forever

Sorry - look elsewhere for the plethora of numerical and monetary aspect of their success as it's all the slavering money-parasites  can talk about.  Hence I will spare my readers more inculcation of the new religion (banking) even though it's been rubber stamped by the Pope, the IRS and the FDA too I should imagine.... as little as any of them know about the price of potatoes.

On a brighter note the ONE aspect that will take this to an audience way wider than the 6-18 year olds is the inspired choice of the story teller Saunders herself which has also warranted a book that will sell well in its own right. She is a wellspring of soul and earth humour. It's rare and can be over ridden easily.  She owes a lot to the BBC - it could NEVER have happened in America although the people over there (who have far better taste than the producers) loved Absolutely Fabulous.

Viva Forever - scene

Why is Jennifer Saunders such a great choice? It's because she's an original - an originator and the REAL deal.  By the time everybody in the show has been working with her and saying her words over and over they may source something else to say other than "I'm / we're really excited to be here / together / working-with / and so on....." Jennifer's anti-artifice and her ability to laugh at things with double-inuendos, instead of gutting it, is catching and almost impossible to mimic.

Icon - legend - call it what you will - this one is going to be a funny one - a new hybrid and worth getting along to see.

Viva Forever - cast

© 2017 Updated 6th Oct 2013