Dreamboat Icon
Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Avenue WC2N 5DE
Dreamboats and Petticoats
Palyhouse Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Playhouse Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 7th Jan 10
Opens 7th Jan 10
Closes 4th Aug 12
Show Times
Mon - Fri 7.30 pm
Saturday 8.00 pm
Matinée Thursday
3.00 pm
Matinée Saturday
4.00 pm

Local Info
Top Class restaurants nearby;

Mon Plaisir (French)
21 Monmouth Street
020 7836 7243

Loch Fyne (Fish & Seafood)
2 - 4 Catherine Street
020 7240 4999
Book Now Restaurant & Hotel Booking Service
This link takes you straight to the online booking page for this actual show!

This takes you to the theatre / show listing to enjoy browsing without ads.
The Late Rooms hotel booking service is easy to use - backed by real men and women, to get the best hostelry for your needs and The hotels and restaurants work with them to offer great deals with theatres as well. We use them.
Taxis & Travel Contact us
This links you to the taxi page of Transport for London.


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.




Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran wrote an original story to house the songs of the compilation albums that hit in 2007 of teen pop rock from back in the day. That is the day when a hit was a hit and everybody had a copy to play over and over and at all the home dancing parties that proliferated at the time. The songs are a great collection brought well and truly to life in this rock and roll British musical.

The producers Bill Kenwright Laurie Mansfield and Brian Berg have put together a fantastic piece of entertainment. Of course the nostalgic familiarity of the 44 songs they chose (out of many thousands) sing for their own supper. They are a great collection as the success of the album shows. Nonetheless it is a brainer to make a good show out of a collection of pop songs. Ken's, Laurie's Laurence's, Maurice's and Brian's brains did good. (that sounds like a good twitter :-)

The feel of the songs dicatated the story - they all have a lift to them and most are pretty well sing-along or dance along. The show deserves the success it is getting because it's clear that the cast and team altogether enjoy themselves and spread the enjoyment beautifully.

This show rocks. The obvious talent and commitment from each and every performer is an absolute joy. The show grips the audience totally from the moment it starts to the moment it ends. The scenes/ stage arrangements and characters are exciting, and varied. Timings, quality of voices, and the music are impeccable.
Bill H - (audience)


The show takes on the REAL spirit of rock and roll - the exuberance, the glow and sheer elevation that the 'real stuff' inevitably lifts you to - even when the words are about -say - unrequited love. . The albums and the show are innocent from the anguish implanted into the genre rock and roll with deaf metal (ok that's how i spell it ok?) and other creeping screeching syndromes posing as rock on a hangover....

...But enough of that I just wanted to reassure you that you can take anyone along without being put off by the slur of black woe that path musos drop on the WOW of real rock and roll. (I heard someone apologizing for liking rock and roll the other day)


The eternal triangle without a nuance of malice - quite an achievement. It is most riveting how well the songs which were written 50 years or so ago, fit with the story - written around them.


  • Scott Bruton - Bobby
  • Sam Attwater - Norman
  • Danni Bowen - Laura
  • Wayne Smith - Ray
  • Carolynne Good - Sue
  • Claire Ivory -¬† Donna¬†
  • Des O'Connor - Bobby (Older)
  • Ben Tolley - Derek
  • Bethany Compson-Bradford - Daisy & Brenda
  • Deborah Hewitt - Helen
  • Daniel Graham - Barry
  • Chris Coxon - Colin
  • Alan Howell - Richard
  • Lauren Storerr - Babs
  • Michael Paver - Jeremy
  • Glen Joseph - Eric
  • Tim Jackson - Andy

  • Director - Bob Tomson Keith Strachan
  • Musical Supervisor Keith Strachan
  • Choreographer - Carole Todd
  • Designer - Sean Cavanagh
  • Lighting - Mark Howett
  • Sound - Ben Harrison
  • Costume - Bridgid Guy
  • Producers - Bill Kenwright - Laurie Mansfield - Brian Berg
©Covent-Garden.co.uk 2017 Updated 20th Oct 2012