The Strand, London
Previewed: 28 January 2019
Opened: 17 February 2019
Closes: 23 May 2020
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Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Covent Garden
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows
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The Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 in London - based on the classic 1980 film
The story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates who are pushed to the edge by a sexist supervisor. The three ladies tie up their bigoted boss to take revenge and reform the office... but when the CEO pays a surprise visit, everything's in danger of unravelling...
Please note that although this musical is suitable for a wide audience; you should be aware that this show does contain comic sexual references, light drug use and the occasional swear word.
The cast features Caroline Sheen as 'Violet Newstead' (up to 11 January 2020), Chelsea Halfpenny as 'Judy Bernly', Natalie McQueen as 'Doralee Rhodes' (up to 11 January 2020), Bonnie Langford as 'Roz Keith' (up to 11 January 2020), Brian Conley as 'Franklin Hart Jr' (up to 30 November 2019), David Hasselhoff as 'Franklin Hart Jr' (from 2 December 2019 to 8 February 2020). Please note that all casting is subject to change without notice. Directed by Jeff Calhoun with choreography by Lisa Stevens, designs by Tom Rogers and lighting by Howard Hudson.
When this production opened here at the Savoy Theatre in London in February 2019, Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph described it as being a "colourful, feelgood - but also flimsy and slight - show." Michael Billington in the Guardian said that "the show itself is unashamedly a period piece and about as subtle as a sledgehammer... While the musical is a simplistic revenge fantasy, it is stylishly put across in Jeff Calhoun's production." Dominic Maxwell in the Times highighted that, "if 9 to 5 is good rather than great, it's because the wit is a bit obvious; because Dolly Parton tends to deal out deftly articulate midtempo tunes rather than outright belters... Its brushstrokes are broad. It's fun, it's neatly done, it just lacks a bit of wow factor." Luke Jones in the Daily Mail thought that this "musical remake of her 1980s film is proficient, but soulless. The set blinks like a pinball machine, it churns out good smutty puns, but it's oh so thin on plot, monotone on performance and even the newly penned songs by Dolly Parton are blandly forgettable... Energetic but lightweight." Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard commented that "the songs have a little of Dolly Parton's usual sprinkling of stardust... Jeff Calhoun's production chugs along on its monumental office set, but it's increasingly hard to care whether poor Violet will ever stop being overlooked for an overdue promotion." Neil Norman in the Daily Express wrote that "if there is such a thing as a feel-good feminist musical then this is it... it is a funny, frantic, well-intentioned and slightly vacuous revenge fantasy. Premiered on Broadway in 2009, it is a super-slick vehicle for the talents on display... A period piece delivered with undiluted energy, it is a timely reminder of how much the world has changed. And how much further it still needs to go." Sarah Carson in the i newspaper explained it would be "wildly enjoyable to fans of Parton, camp, or extirpating gross-scale sexism in the workplace... but the story gets silly, with too much focus on flimsy romantic sub-plots."
The original February 2019 cast featured Caroline Sheen as 'Violet Newstead', Amber Davies as 'Judy Bernly', Natalie McQueen as 'Doralee Rhodes', Bonnie Langford as 'Roz Keith' and Brian Conley as 'Franklin Hart Jr' with Victoria Anderson, Alexander Bartles, Ashford Campbell, Simon Campbell, Rhiane Drummond, Demmileigh Foster, Llandyll Gove, Lucinda Lawrence, Jenny Legg, Christopher Jordan Marshall, Natasha Mould, Sean Needham, Jon Reynolds, James Royden-Lyley, Giles Surridge, Sasha Wareham and Emily Woodford. Due to an unfortunate injury prior to this show opening, Louise Redknapp, who was due to play the role of 'Violet', had to temporarily withdraw from this production during the opening weeks while she recovered. In her absence, Caroline Sheen played the role.
'Violet Newstead' was played by Caroline Sheen from 28 January 2019 to 22 March 2019, by Louise Redknapp from 25 March 2019 to 29 June 2019, and by Caroline Sheen from 4 July 2019 to 11 January 2020; 'Judy Bernly' was played by Amber Davies from 28 January 2019 to 31 August 2019, and by Chelsea Halfpenny from 2 September 2019; 'Doralee Rhodes' was played by Natalie McQueen from 28 January 2019 to 11 January 2020; 'Roz Keith' was played by Bonnie Langford from 28 January 2019 to 11 January 2020; and 'Franklin Hart Jr' was played by Brian Conley from 28 January 2019 to 30 November 2019, and by David Hasselhoff from 2 December 2019 to 8 February 2020.
The original 1980 Nine to Five film starred Lily Tomlin as 'Violet Newstead', Jane Fonda as 'Judy Bernly', Dolly Parton as 'Doralee Rhodes', Elizabeth Wilson as 'Roz', and Dabney Coleman as 'Franklin Hart Jr'.
Bonnie Langford's London theatre credits include the role 'Dorothy Brock' in Mark Bramble's revival of the musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2018; the role of 'Muriel Eubanks' in Jerry Mitchell's production of David Yazbek's musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Savoy Theatre in 2014; and the role of 'Charity Hope Valentine' in Carol Metcalfe's revival of the musical comedy Sweet Charity at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1998.
Brian Conley's West End credits include the role of 'Edna Turnblad' in Jack O'Brien's production of the musical comedy Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2009; and the title role in Rob Bettinson's production of the musical bio Jolson at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1997.
"What happens when you start a show with a showstopper? In the case of this zesty revival of the feminist musical 9 to 5, it never quite matches the catchy eponymous opener, despite boasting music and lyrics by the great Dolly Parton. This doesn't much matter. The staging is stunning, the costumes are just so, and the cast give their all to this rousing tale of a smug dinosaur of a boss, the ironically named Mr Hart (Brian Conley), getting his comeuppance from three disgruntled employees: his brassy secretary (Natalie McQueen), the classy office supervisor (Caroline Sheen) and a clumsy newcomer (Amber Davies)." The Sunday Times
"The majestic Dolly Parton herself (well, a video of the legendary star) welcomes you as the curtain rises on this workplace-based revenge fantasy, made famous by the 1980 movie. Aiming to turn Consolidated Companies into a female-friendly workplace, the trio plot to oust their sexist boss, played by Brian Conley - who appears as you have never seen him before, suspended from the ceiling in a gimp suit. With a racy turn from Bonnie Langford, lively tunes and affecting ballads, the result is a tongue-in-cheek Technicolor treat that will leave you smiling." The Sunday Mirror
"The other two shows pale by comparison. 9 to 5 is based on the popular 1980s film about three downtrodden secretaries who kidnap their boss, run the company and transform its attitudes... It's an unabashed urban fairytale albeit with surprisingly raunchy content centred on Brian Conley trussed up in fetish gear. Like its composer-lyricist, the show is unsubtle and gaudy but good-natured and self-aware... Caroline Sheen, Natalie McQueen and Amber Davies expertly flesh out the three stereotypical secretaries while Bonnie Langford, still doing the splits at 54, steals the show as a frumpish assistant eager to release her inner vamp." The Sunday Express
Nine to Five the Musical in London previewed from 28 January 2019, opened on 17 February 2019, and closes on 23 May 2020