Saturday Night Fever

Peacock Theatre
Portugal Street, London

Public Previews: 1 February 2022
Opens: 2 February 2022
Closes: 26 March 2022

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Show times
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

Runs 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval

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Saturday Night Fever at the Peacock Theatre in London

Saturday Night Fever

A major new revival of the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever in London for a strictly limited season

The movie musical live on stage in a spectacularly reimagined production in London for eight weeks only as part of a major national tour, and promises to be the dance musical event of the year, the perfect disco dazzler.

When John Travolta walked on to the dance floor in the smash hit film Saturday Night Fever it changed the way we danced forever. Set in New York, Saturday Night Fever tells the story of an ambitious, talented and streetwise Brooklyn kid with the burning desire to make it big. Packed with disco hits from the biggest selling soundtrack in film history Saturday Night Fever includes the classics Stayin Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing and How Deep is Your Love.

Musical featuring songs by the Bee Gees, adapted for the stage by Nan Knighton in collaboration with Arlene Philips, Paul Nicholas and Robert Stigwood, from the Paramount/RSO Picture, with screenplay by Norman Wexler, based on a story by Nik Cohn.

Please Note: This show contains adult themes and strong language.

Casting to be announced.

Directed by Bill Kenwright, with choreography by Bill Deamer, designs by Gary McCann, and sound by Dan Samson.

As a director, Bill Kenwright's London theatre credits include the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman musical Whistle Down the Wind at the Palace Theatre in 2006; the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1980, Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1981, Royalty Theatre in 1986, and New London Theatre in 2003; and the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical West Side Story at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1974.

Saturday Night Fever in London at the Peacock Theatre public previews from 1 February 2022, opens on 2 February 2022, and closes on 26 March 2022

1998: Original West End London Production

2004: 1st West End London Revival

1998: Original West End London Production

Previewed 21 April 1998, Opened 5 May 1998, Closed 26 February 2000 at the London Palladium

The West End Stage Premiere of the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever in London

The original cast featured Adam Garcia as 'Tony Manero' and Anita Louise Combe as 'Stephanie Mangana', with Tara Wilkinson as 'Annette', Simon Greiff as 'Bobby C', Adrian Sarple as 'Joey', Sebastien Torkia as 'Double J', Michael Rouse as 'Gus', and Richard Calkin as 'Monty'.

Directed and choreographed by Arlene Philips, with sets by Robin Wagner, costumes by Andy Edwards, lighting by Andrew Bridge, and sound by Mick Potter.

"The story line sticks faithfully to the movie, so we get all our favourite lines and laughs... Yet the total effect is like watching a long edition of Stars in Their Eyes - featuring a whole gang of people who do perfect imitations of all your Saturday Night Fever favourites... There's not much in the way of true drama, either - the story line involving the friend of Tony who gets a girl pregnant, his brother Frank's departure from the church, even Tony and Stephanie's romance, don't work on the stage. All the film's intimacy and subtlety get lost. So what about the dancing? As choreographer, Phillips re-creates the dance styles of the film... but by the start of the second act they looked stale and repetitive. That leaves us with all those wonderful Gibb brothers songs. There were exciting moments... But musically it was a hit and miss affair. Just as rock music loses its raw power when played by a theatre orchestra, so the Bee Gees lose their funk appeal. Technically, the cast have better voices than the brothers, but not the emotional depth." The Sunday Times

"It will come as no news that Saturday Night Fever abounds in flares, floral shirts, hot pants, bright lights, pelvic gyrations and above all decibels. I'm not the right age to look back on the original with any particular tenderness... but I found Nan Knighton's stage adaptation, which is directed and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, tolerable at worst and quite enjoyable at best. Even the plot, which is much heavier than I'd remembered, has a kitschy resonance. There are echoes of countless once-gripping movies in its portrayal of working-class Brooklyn - the mean boss, the impossible family, the gang rumble, the brother who quits the priesthood. And occasionally the new production achieves genuine pathos... Adam Garcia, as the hero, is a Travolta without the mean look, but good enough to make one feel sure he is going to go on and shine in other parts." The Sunday Telegraph

Saturday Night Fever in London at the Palladium previewed from 21 April 1998, opened on 5 May 1998, and closed on 26 February 2000

2004: 1st West End London Revival

Previewed 2 July 2004, Opened 6 July 2004, Closed 18 February 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

A major revival of the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever in London

This revival ws based on the original West End 1998 staging at the London Palladium.

The original cast at the Victoria Apollo Theatre featured Stephane Anelli as 'Tony Manero' and Zoe Ebsworth as 'Stephanie Mangana', with Kym Marsh as 'Annette', Alex Jessop as 'Bobby C', Jamie Hughes-Ward as 'Joey', Aykut Hilmi as 'Double J', Peter Hillier as 'Gus', and Shaun Williamson as 'Monty'.

Directed and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, with sets by David Shields, costumes by David Shields and Andy Edwards, lighting by Gavan Swift, and sound by Mick Potter.

"If that famous white suit of John Travolta's seems to have gone a bit beige, well then that is also true of Arlene Phillips choreography and production. It remains a very feeble imitation. The Bee Gees score makes you ache for Sondheim or Bernstein and there is no real indication that anyone has thought this one through. They just kind of dance it in the hope we won't notice the total lack of any other content... When required to sing, or even to act, which is mercifully seldom, the cast all wear those airline pilot head-sets which indicate that professional sound engineers have been too cheap or too lazy to rig an acoustic system which allows for dancing. This show is built on the principle that if you dance it hard enough, and sing it loud enough, nobody will really notice that there is no thought, no idea here, just a series of vague, inefficient and careless rip-offs of better scores and better shows." The Daily Express

"Disco makes an unwieldy art form. It's so darn 'up' and jaunty the whole time. When a young man comes on stage to discuss the abortion of his love child you try, of course you try, to share his pain. But then comes a thump-thump-thump from the theatre's huge speakers and another Bee Gees boogie-woogie number pumps forth, obilterating all emotion in sight. That's the trouble with Saturday Night Fever. Disco music does not get any better than Stayin' Alive, Tragedy, and all the other tracks that pepper this show. But disco music, alone, makes for a slightly unsatisfying evening... Robert Stigwood's production, with a young, enthusiastic cast, is energetic. It has no shortage of slinky hipsters. Stephane Anelli as Tony, a dance king in a 1970s New York borough, is certaln]y great on his pins, and a good-looking lad... Kym Marsh, once of pop band Hear'Say, who as Tony's girlfriend Annette gives her penetrating voice a good outing; and Shaun Williamson, formerly Barry from EastEnders, who is a revelation as fat, flared nightclub owner Monty. He, too, has a great voice, plus a Benny Hil1 gift for comedy." The Daily Mail

Saturday Night Fever in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre previewed from 2 July 2004, opened on 6 July 2004, and closed on 18 February 2006