Everything you need to know about Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Planning a trip to London’s West End to see the Moulin Rouge! The Musical, the stage adaptation of the hit Baz Luhrmann’s film that starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman?

Here’s everything you need to know about Moulin Rouge! The Musical before you book.

Everything you need to know about Moulin Rouge! The Musical

What is Moulin Rouge! The Musical about?

The musical sees Christian, a young American writer, seeking to find himself in Paris at the turn of the 20th century where he encounters members of the Bohemian movement including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Santiago the Argentinean who are planning to produce a play with songs.

Discovering Christian’s songwriting talent, they take him to the Parisian cabaret club the Moulin Rouge, run by the larger-than-life Harold Zidler to attempt to get the work performed on its stage. While there, Christian falls in love with the club’s star actress and Courtesan, Satine.

If that sounds familiar, then you may have seen the 2021 film of the same name that the show is based on, starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman with Jim Broadbent, John Leguizamo and Richard Roxburgh.

Where is Moulin Rouge! The Musical playing?

Moulin Rouge! The Musical plays at the Piccadilly Theatre near Piccadilly Circus, right in the heart of London’s West End, which makes it one of the most easily accessible theatres in London. Step out of the underground at Piccadilly station and you’re just a moment away from the theatre doors. It’s also not far from Leicester Square.

How long is Moulin Rouge! The Musical?

Moulin Rouge! The Musical’s running time is 2 hours and 35 minutes which includes a 20-minute interval.

Who stars in Moulin Rouge! The Musical?

Moulin Rouge! The Musical currently stars Tanisha Spring as Satine, Dom Simpson as Christian, Matt Rixon as Harold Zidler and Ben Richards as the Duke.

What days does Moulin Rouge! The Musical playing?

During its usual schedule, Moulin Rouge! The Musical plays Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:30pm. You can currently book tickets up to five months in advance. Performances days often change around bank holidays and the festive seasons, so always check the show’s booking page for the latest updates.

Will I know any of the songs in Moulin Rouge! The Musical?

Almost definitely!

Moulin Rouge! The Musical uses lots of medleys of modern pop songs and we’d be surprised in anyone watched Moulin Rouge without knowing most of the songs.

How long has Moulin Rouge! The Musical been playing?

The show officially opened in the West End on 20 January 2022 following previews from 13 November 2021. It had been due to open in March 2021 but had to be delayed due to Covid lockdowns. Prior to the West End opening it had opened on Braodway in November 2018, following a preview period in Boston, and in Baz Luhrmann’s native Australia in November 2021.

What did critics think of Moulin Rouge! The Musical?

Honestly, reviews were a little mixed with some reviewers loving the sheer spectacle of the show and others finding it a little too full on.

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