9 to 5 the Musical – West End
Country and Western comes to the West End as the great Dolly Parton finally gets her own jukebox musical – and it is exactly as camp as it sounds.
Taking its lead from Dolly Parton’s most famous tune, 9 to 5 the Musical runs headlong at office comedy kitsch. It’s set at the hellish headquarters of an awful conglomeration, the averagely named Consolidated Industries, which is run by the sleaziest of big cheeses Franklin Hart Jnr – a role comedian Brian Connelly positively revels in. Working his staff like a slavedriver, it’s little wonder that his underlings have it in for him.
Our office-floor heroines are his long-suffering employees. His secretary Doralee has endured year’s of his openly lascivious comments and can hardly take no more. Violet (Louise Redknapp) has been repeatedly passed over for promotion and new arrival Judy is panicking on her first day. All three fantasize about what it might be to rise up and bump off their boss – only for his one devoted member of staff, Roz (Bonnie Langford), who is deeply in love with him, to overhear their ambitions. When Hart disappears, it sends his staff into an almighty panic.
It’s hardly high art, but 9 to 5 the Musical is a helluva lot of fun – a piece with its tongue firmly tucked into its cheek. Parton’s music might not immediately strike one as the most obvious choice for a musical makeover, but there’s something incessantly catchy about her best tunes and her lyrics possess a frivolity that, counter-intuitively, suits a throwaway show. Woven into a story, numbers like ‘Heart to Hart’ and ‘Potion Notion’ become blissfully pat and almost absurdly silly. But she can still pack a small punch with songs like ‘Always a Woman’ and ‘Change It.’ There is, beneath the very superficial surface, a strong feminist streak to this easy-going entertainment.
Having been pruned and pared down since its initial Broadway run a decade ago, 9 To 5’s a far tighter tuner than it once was, and it’s proved popular with West End audiences, where it’s just announced a nine month-long extension at the Savoy Theatre, releasing another 300,000 tickets. After a long week working nine to five, what more do you need?
“Packed with laughs as big as Dolly’s personality”
“This is a 9 to 5 you’ll want to do again and again”
“A hilarious comedy”
Cast and Creative
Louise Rdknapp – Violet Newstead
Amber Davies – Judy Bernly
Natalie McQueen – Doralee Rhodes
Bonnie Langford – Roz Keith
Brian Conley – Franklin Hart Jr
Alexander Bartles – Ensemble
Christopher Marshall – Joe
Demmileigh Foster – Maria
Emily Woodford – Swing
Giles Surridge – Josh
Jacob Maynard – Ensemble
James Royden-Lyley – Ensemble
Jenny Legg – Ensemble
Jon Reynolds – Ensemble
Llandyll Gove – Dick / Ensemble
Lucinda Lawrence – Margaret / Ensemble
Natasha Mould – Ensemble
Rhiane Drummond – Kathy / Ensemble
Sasha Wareham – Ensemble
Sean Needham – Tinsworthy / Ensemble
Simon Campbell – Swing
Victoria Anderson – Swing
Dolly Parton – Music & Lyrics
Patricia Resnick – Book
Jeff Calhoun – Director
Lisa Stevens – Choreographer
Tom Rogers – Designer
Howard Hudson – Lighting Designer
Poti Martin – Sound Designer
Nina Dunn – Video Designer
Richard Maybey – Hair Designer
Stephen Oremus – Arrangements
Alex Lacamoire – Arrangements
Mark Crossland – Musical Supervisor
Bruce Coughlin – Orchestrations
Andrew Hilton – Musical Director
Pippa Evans – Dramaturg
Lily Mollgaard – Props Supervisor
Jenny Falconer – Costume Supervision
Louise Nipper – Costume Supervision
Victoria Roe – Casting Director
Anne Vosser – Additional Casting
Evan Ensign – Associate Director
Toots Butcher – Associate Designer
Adam Mottley – Lighting Designer
Which theatre and where?
9 to 5 the musical is showing at the 1,158 seat Savoy Theatre which is located at Savoy Court, London WC2R 0ET
How does it work?
Choose your seats via our live booking platform, once payment is completed you will receive an email confirmation with your booking reference number. Collect your tickets from the Savoy Theatre box office on the day of the show, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time, print and bring along the ticket confirmation email. Tickets must be collected by the purchasing customer with a valid photo ID. Please have your booking reference number at hand when collecting your tickets.
If you have any questions about your ticket purchase you can contact our customer services team on 020 3670 8887
Good to know
Strobe lighting is used several times during the performance.
Suitable for children?
9 to 5 the musical is recommended for ages 6 and above. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted.
No exchanges or refunds available after purchase.
Can I video record or take photos?
The use of camera and sound recording equipment is strictly prohibited.