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Although the "groundhog day" phrase is used to mean a repetitive, unpleasant situation, the Groundhog Day musical returning is definitely good news! When the musical premiered in 2016, it won two Oliviers: Best New Musical, and Best Actor in a Musical for Andy Karl as Phil Connors.
Now in 2023, Andy Karl returns to play the cynical Pennsylvania weatherman with a heart of gold. London Theatre raved about Karl in Groundhog Day in 2016, saying: “Andy Karl pulls off the impressive feat of giving its inevitability a high-stakes tension. He's understandably bewildered by what's happening, then he throws caution to the wind and starts to enjoy the playfulness. This is a full-blooded new musical that completely earns its place on its stage.” If you missed Groundhog Day before, then don’t make the same mistake twice — see it now in London.
Based on the 1993 film of the same name, Groundhog Day follows Phil Connors, a cynical television weatherman who cannot fathom strange festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Once Phil arrives in the small town, he finds himself stuck in a time loop where everyday is 2 February. In order to continue real life, Phil must change the way he approaches life and be accepting of others.
Watch the timeless comic parable of love, hope and transformation.
Audio described: Fri 07 Jul, 7.30pm (Touch Tour: 5.30pm)
Captioned: Thu 20 Jul, 7.30pm
Relaxed: Sat 05 Aug, 2:30pm
BSL: Tue 08 Aug, 7:30pm
Show warnings: please note this section contains spoilers
Contains explicit depiction of suicide.
Groundhog Day reunites two theatrical geniuses: director Matthew Warchus and musician and lyricist Tim Minchin. They previously created Matilda the Musical for the Royal Shakespeare Company — both Matilda and Groundhog Day took home Oliviers for Best New Musical. They’re joined by a fine creative team, including set and costume designer Rob Howell, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, and sound designer Simon Baker.
In order to bring the film to life, Groundhog Day needs a zingy, witty script. Thankfully, the film’s screenwriter, Danny Rubin, returns to create an entertaining musical story. The original film is preserved in the National Film Registry, and its storyline is utilised as a religious fable. Let's hope the West End musical is similarly preserved in the hearts and minds of theatregoers.
Approx. 2hrs 35mins including a 20min interval
May 20th, 2023
August 12th, 2023
Suitable for Ages 12+. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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