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All star cast for Criterion Theatre’s 150th Anniversary Gala


All star cast for Criterion Theatre’s 150th Anniversary Gala

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Criterion Theatre will host a special gala performance on 24 June 2024 at the historic venue in the heart of London’s West End. Directed by Michael Fentiman, the gala will be hosted by Stephen Fry, celebrating the theatre’s rich history featuring songs, sketches and scenes from the last 150 years.

Announced this week performances from an all-star cast of over 40 actors and musicians will include highlights from productions at the iconic theatre over the years.

Musical theatre stars Roshani Abbey, Audrey Brisson, Tanasha Chege, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Nadine Higgin, Ellis Kirk, Zizi Strallen and Johnson Willis will perform songs from Amélie, Elegies, Mack & Mabel and current production, Two Strangers (Carry A Cake Across New York).

Two Strangers (Carry A Cake Across New York)

Esteemed stage actors Amanda Abbington, Sam Alexander, Tom Bennett, Julian Bleach, Gunnar Cauthery, Forbes Masson, Pippa Nixon, Simon Paisley Day, Mark Quartley, Jenny Rainsford, Ian Redford, Tom Rhys Harries, Rosie Sheehey and Angus Wright will perform scenes and excerpts from the likes of Noel Coward, Joe Orton, Terrence Rattigan, Tom Stoppard plus many others.

Joe Stilgoe will present a brand-new opening number composed especially for the evening, and for one night only The Reduced Criterion Company will take to the stage.

Criterion Theatre

The original Mischief West End cast of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery will also return to the stage with a scene from the hit show, they are; Charlie Russell, Nancy Zammit, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Dave Hearn, Greg Tannahill, Chris Leask, Jeremy Lloyd, Ellie Morris and Holly Sumpton.

The one night only production will be directed by Michael Fentiman, has lighting design by Richard Howell, sound design by Dominic Beale and music supervision by Barnaby Race.

Tickets are now on sale at

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