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The Boy Friend

Sandy Wilson's musical The Boy Friend will be revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory over Christmas, running  to 7th  March 2020. The cast includes Janie Dee as Madame DuBonnet,(the principal of the finishing school) Tiffany Graves as Hortense the French maid, Amara Okereke as the ingénue Polly (the poor little rich girl made famous by Julie Andrews on stage and Twiggy on screen), Adrian Edmondson and Issy van Randwyck as Lord and Lady Brockhurst, Dylan Mason as Tony the mystery messenger boy full of surprises, and Jack Butterworth as playboy Bobby Van Husen with Tom Bales (Alphonse), Ryan Carter (Pierre), Chloe Goodliffe (Nancy), Matthew Ives (Pépé), Bethany Huckle (Lolita), Emily Langham (Fay), Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson (Maisie), Annie Southall (Dulcie), Peter Nash (Marcel) and Robert Portal (Percival Brown)..

Wilson's 1953 musical, (described as a love letter to the 1920s), will be directed by Matthew White (She Loves Me, Candide, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors and The Last Five Years) with choreography and associate direction by Bill Deamer, design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Gregory Clarke, hair and wig design by Richard Mawbey, musical supervision and direction by Simon Beck and orchestration by David Cullen.

The action  takes place in Madame Dubonnet's finishing school in the south of France, where perfect young ladies burst into song at every opportunity, and forbidden boy friends keep popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them. Since its premiere in 1953, this  show has become one of the most well-loved British musicals of all time.  The show was adapted into a film in 1971 starring Twiggy, who won two Golden Globes.

It  opened in London in 1953, before a West End run in 1954 which lasted for more than 5 years. The subsequent Broadway run in 1954 made a star of  Julie Andrews.

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show times

Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 pm/ Matinees Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm



3 Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU
Tube:  London Bridge (Borough High Street exit) - Jubilee & Northern Lines  
buses to Her Majesty's Theatre
RV1 and 381
nearest car park

Parking on single yellow lines available after 18:30 and all day at weekends


Customers with visual or hearing impairments qualify for concession rates for themselves plus a companion. There is no infra red or loop system, but the size of the venue means you can sit only a few feet away from performers
Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium
Wheelchair access into the building is via our main entrance on Southwark Street. The theatre can take one wheelchair per performance, located at the front of the auditorium with an excellent view of the stage. There will always be at least one space available next to the wheelchair space for a companion.