Close Up: The Twiggy Musical Tickets

Close Up: The Twiggy Musical Tickets

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Close Up: The Twiggy Musical Tickets

About Close Up: The Twiggy Musical

Strike a pose! How did a working-class girl get on magazine covers and become the face of the 1960s? Find out in this oh-so-stylish new show at the Menier Chocolate Factory: book your Close-Up – The Twiggy Musical tickets on TodayTix.

Ben Elton writes and directs this fascinating true story in the London premiere production of Close-Up – The Twiggy Musical. Twiggy takes back control of her story, explaining how she loved fashion and made her own outfits long before she was “discovered” and that, looking back, she realises now that some people exploited or underestimated her.

Elton’s cheeky show looks back at that time through a modern lens, noting how we’d now recognise toxic masculinity or classism. Close-Up – The Twiggy Musical celebrates how Twiggy constantly reinvented herself and surprised people, backed by a pop-tastic jukebox score.

Don’t miss this Swinging Sixties gem: book your Close-Up – The Twiggy Musical tickets now on TodayTix.

Run time

2h 30m (incl. interval)

Start date

September 18th, 2023

End date

November 18th, 2023


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Menier Chocolate Factory

53 Southwark Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 1RU


Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: London Bridge
Bus numbers: (Southwark St) RV1, 343, 381; (Southwark Bridge Rd) 344; (Borough High St) 21, 35, 40, 133
Night bus numbers: (Southwark St) 381, N343; (Southwark Bridge Rd) 344; (Borough High St) N21, N35, N133
Car park: Union Car Park on Southwark Street (1min)
Directions from tube: (10 mins) Head towards Borough High Street; cross the street and take Union Street. Turn right at O’Meara Street and the theatre will be at the end.

More information about Close Up: The Twiggy Musical

This isn’t the first time that Ben Elton has taken a legendary figure and represented them in a stage musical. He’s responsible for the mammoth hit We Will Rock You, which uses Queen’s incredible back catalogue. Elton even appeared in this show himself earlier this year! He’s also worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber on shows like The Beautiful Game and Love Never Dies, sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.

Close-Up – The Twiggy Musical even features previous stars from We Will Rock You. Elena Skye, who inhabits Twiggy herself, played Scaramouche, while Hannah-Jane Fox, who has the key role of Twiggy’s mother, was actually the original Scaramouche in the West End.

The score takes pop songs from key points in Twiggy’s life and uses them to reflect her experience. Together with the fab fashion by Jonathan Lipman and groovy moves by Jacob Fearey, it’s a thoroughly entertaining telling of a remarkable life story.

What to watch for

  • The musical cleverly uses photographs and video footage from the time to help illustrate the tale. You’ll spot clips of well-known figures like Woody Allen, and see the real Twiggy performing – interspersed with performances and impersonations by the actors.
  • The score is a blast from the past, featuring everything from 60s tracks Downtown and Just One Look to Seventies classic “The Air That I Breathe” – a love duet sung by Twiggy and her future husband, cowboy actor Michael Witney.
  • Did you know that Twiggy was a musical leading lady? She starred in the 1971 film of The Boy Friend, winning two Golden Globe awards, then made her Broadway debut in 1983 with Gershwin's musical My One and Only, for which she was Tony-nominated.
  • The show also documents Twiggy’s recording career. She released her first single in 1971, “Zoo de Zoo Zong”, and her eponymous album in 1976. Midnight Blue followed these in 2003 and Romantically Yours in 2011.
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