Everything you need to know about Guys & Dolls

The cast of Guys & Dolls in performance

Photo: Manual Harlan

Thinking about booking tickets for Guys & Dolls, the incredibly immersive musical playing in London?

Here’s everything you need to know before you book.

Everything you need to know about Guys & Dolls

What is Guys & Dolls about?

Guys & Dolls is based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon – it’s something of a musical fable about New York following a pair of Guys & Dolls through the nightclubs and craptables of Manhattan in the most unlikely love stories.

Where is Guys & Dolls playing in London?

The Bridge Theatre transforms itself into New York for Nicolas Hytner’s production of Guys & Dolls, featuring a reconstructed auditorium that sees the seating wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets transport you to the streets of Manhattan and the bars of Havana.

How long is Guys & Dolls / What is the running time for Guys & Dolls?

Guys & Dolls runs for 2 hours and 50 minutes, including a 15 minute interval.

Who stars in Guys & Dolls?

From 26 February, George Ioannides will continue his lead role as Sky Masterson alongside Celinde Schoenmaker who continues as Sarah Brown.

Joining the cast are Jonathan Andrew Hume (Come from Away) as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Ryan Pidgen (Matilda, Man of La Mancha, The Wind in the WiIlows) as Benny Southstreet, Tori Scott (The Cher Show, Cotton Candy and Cocaine) as General Cartwright, Niall Buggy (To Kill a Mockingbird, Juno and The Paycock, Rough Crossing) as Arvide Abernathy, TJ Lloyd as Rusty Charlie, and Dashaun Vegas as Harry the Horse.

What days does Guys & Dolls play at the Bridge Theatre?

Performances of Guys & Dolls run from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm.

Will I know the songs in Guys & Dolls?

If you like musicals, then you’ll almost definitely have come across some of the now classic songs of Guys & Dolls. If you don’t like musicals, you still will have probably heard some of the better known songs from the show including “Luck Be a Lady, “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” and “Adelaide’s Lament.

You may also recognise them from the 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine

What did critics think of Guys & Dolls?

The Bridge Theatre production of Guys and Dolls opened 14 March 2023 to rave reviews from critics. Previous productions in London included a 1982 National Theatre production which broke box office records and ran for almost four years, winning five Olivier Awards as well as revivals in 1996, 2005 (featuring Ewan McGregor) and 2015. “The Observer, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Metro and Timeout all gave the production glowing five-star reviews – so you might say they loved it!

Our own critic said, ‘You truly feel like you’re in the heart of the action. You’re in the hustle and bustle of the city, sweating in the crap games, dancing in Havana, having a drink in the Hot Box Club listening to Miss Adelaide, and falling in and out of love with these guys and dolls in New York City.’

Read the full review here.

Should I buy an immersive ticket or a seat for Guys & Dolls?

It’s personal preference but an immersive ticket will put you at the heart of the Guys & Dolls experience, putting you on the streets of Manhattan and Havana with the cast. For those people who may find standing for close to three hours more challenging, a seat will still provide a great experience. Anyone with an immersive standing ticket for Guys & Dolls will need to leave their coats and bags in the complimentary cloakroom provided.