Updated: Oct 8, 2020
The Garrick Theatre has become the latest Nimax theatre to confirm details of its re-opening plans, with four shows taking up residency at the venue.
Comedy improv troupe The Showstoppers will be bringing their brilliant show to the Garrick for a series of dates, beginning on November 16th. They will play a series of shows there on Monday nights on November 16th and 30th, December 7th, January 11th, February 8th and 22nd.
The company last appeared on a West End stage on the day of lockdown in March where they enjoyed playing Mondays at the Lyric Theatre. They have kept busy during the theatre closures by performing outdoor shows and online streams. Their shows are always created on the spot so incredibly unpredictable though the results are always hilarious.
The second show taking up residency at the theatre will be Potted Panto. Written by Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and Richard Hurst, the show will be ce;ebrating its 10th anniversary with a run at the Garrick from December 5th 2020 until January 10th 2021.
The show sees a cast rattle through a variety of panto tropes in 70 minutes.
Writer Daniel Clarkson said: "So excited to be able to bring pantomime to London this Christmas. Just a few Covid challenges to solve, how will we wake up Sleeping Beauty? How can the seven dwarves bubble together with the six-person rule? How will Jack be able to sell daisy the cow when her bottom has to be socially distanced 1 metre away from her head! But you better believe we will have this figured out by December 5. Oh yes we will!"
The third show to play at the theatre will be the long awaited return to the West End of The Comedy Store Players. Finally back in the West End, London’s longest running improv show is playing a limited season at the Garrick Theatre featuring a dizzying array of special guests. Josie Lawrencem Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart will play four performances on Sundays in November.
The fourth show to play at the Garrick is a new production of Here Come The Boys. Featuring Strictly stars Aljaž Škorjanec, Pasha Kovalev, Graziano di Prima, Robin Windsor as well as host Karim Zeroual, the show will play a 16 week season at the venue from January 27th until May 15th.
For all shows, capacity has been reduced to comply with Covid-19 secure guidelines.
The Garrick was due to host new musical The Drifters Girl with performances beginning next month. This season has now been delayed until 2021. The last production at the theatre was the sadly short lived City of Angels, which began loading out its stage of the venue yesterday.
This makes five of six Nimax theatres to officially announce re-opening plans with the Lyric hosting Six, the Apollo hosting This is Going To Hurt followed by the return of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the Palace putting on five special sold out concerts as well as shows from Joanne Clifton and Jimmy Carr and The Play That Goes Wrong returning to the Duchess Theatre. The last theatre of the six to formally confirm its plans is the Vaudeville which is expected to re-open with Magic Goes Wrong.
Tickets for all shows are available at nimaxtheatres.com