Top Hat
  • Top Hat
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong
  • The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
  • Kenny Wax produced the first ever stage adaptation of the 1935 RKO film TOP HAT, which starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Following its successful West End run at the Aldwych Theatre, TOP HAT successfully completed a 52 week UK Tour. Irvin Berlin's wonderful score including 'Putting On The Ritz, Let's Face The Music and Dance, Cheek to Cheek and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. For more information and to see show footage go to

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  • The Play That Goes Wrong has firmly established itself as the West End's favourite long running comedy and is now booking into its forth disastrous year. In February 2017 the show crossed the pond, and took Broadway by storm. After six spectacular months with the original Mischiefers, TPTGW Broadway is now playing with an American cast. This Olivier and Tony Award Winning production (Best New Comedy) (Best Set) was the first play ever to be invited to perform on The Royal Variety Show and the youtube clip of that short performance had around half a million hits with the first month of the royal showcase.

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  • "JOYFUL DISASTERS FROM COMEDY MASTERS" Libby Purves, BBC Radio 4

    Peter Pan Goes Wrong is adapted from the original stage play Peter Pan by JM Barrie. The much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society once again battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes with hilarious and disastrous results. Following two successful West End Christmas seasons at the Lyric theatre, the show was picked up by BBC 1 and aired on New Year's eve 2016.

    ★★★★ The Evening Standard, The Daily Mail, the Financial Times, Time Out and the Sunday Express

    ★★★★★ The Stage (Mark Shenton)

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  • Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End! Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?

    ★★★★★ ‘This is the funniest show in the West End’ The Telegraph ★★★★★ ‘A fast and fabulous comedy caper.. a joyful night out’ The Times

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  • La Strada
  • Hetty Feather
  • The Gruffalo
  • The Gruffalo’s Child
  • One of the true masterpieces of modern cinema, Federico Fellini’s 1957 Oscar-winning film, LA STRADA (The Road), has been brought to life on stage by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson with music composed by Benji Bower. A soul-searching story filled with beauty, sadness, humour and acute observation, LA STRADA tells the tragic and tender tale of wide-eyed Gelsomina who is sold by her impoverished mother to the brutish strongman Zampano, a travelling sideshow performer. Their journey through the Italian countryside leads them to a ragtag touring circus where they meet Il Matto the free-spirited tightrope walker, who tries to rekindle Gelsomina’s broken spirit.

    ‘Sally Cookson directs a fine ensemble in a witty and inventive high-wire production’ The Guardian *****

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  • From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, with live music and circus skills, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is a masterpiece in theatrical storytelling! Nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in the category of Best Family Entertainment, Hetty is currently touring the UK having played two sold out West End seasons in 2014 and 2015 where it received an incredible seven 5* reviews from the major British press. In the Summer of 2016 Sally Cooksons outstanding production has been invited to perform at the Asolo Playhouse in Sarasota and plans for a NY run are expected to be confirmed later in the year. Photography by Helen Maybanks.

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  • By Tall Stories based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler.

    ‘A mouse took a stroll through a deep dark wood’. Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when she comes face to face with the very creature she imagined. Tall Stories brilliantly original adaptation has been enjoyed by audiences all over the country who have come to love the original picture book. Follow link for live footage and forthcoming tour dates.

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  • By Tall Stories based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. 'The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should, ever set foot in the deep dark wood.' This popular sequel enjoyed a year long tour and a successful season over Christmas in London’s Arts Theatre. Follow link for live footage and forthcoming touring dates.

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  • Room on the Broom
  • What the Ladybird Heard
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Nina Conti: In Your Face
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    The Witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers - a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a crazy frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and - CRACK - it snaps in two... just as the hungry dragon appears!Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the Olivier-nominated show that’s toured Britain and the world.

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  • Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all. The Ladybird has a plan of her own!

    Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this brand new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks‚ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs!

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  • Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen's ever popular award winning book ‘We’re Going on a Bearhunt' is brought noisily and vividly to life on stage by Director Sally Cookson's loving adaptation and Benji Bower's versatile score. Bear Hunt has toured in Australia, Asia and America.

    'Full of catchy repetition, delightful onomatopoeic adventures and actually muddy, watery and snowy frolics.' The Stage

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  • 'Charming, sharp, warm, glamorous' **** The Times. Direct from her smash hit total sell out UK tour, Nina is playing 18 shows in London at the Criterion Theatre from 25th February - 12th March. She's won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard's Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium and made a BAFTA nominated film - all without moving her lips. Official Website
  • Mr Popper’s Penguins
  • 80 Days Around The World
  • Shakespeare Revue
  • 'Thoroughly hummable score and snappy lyrics, ingenious life-size puppets and plenty of visual surprises...Its cuteness is hard to resist' New York Times
    'Funny, warm and unbelievably touching'  Huffington Post
    Director Emma Earle, designer Zoe Squires and master puppet maker Nick Barnes, together with composer Luke Bateman and Lyricist Richy Hughes have created a delightful 60 minute adaptation of Richard & Florence Atwaters novel, (also known for the 2011 movie starring Jim Carrey). After a sterling run in New York's New Victory Theatre, Mr Popper's Penguins transferred to the Criterion Theatre in the West End for a very successful Christmas season.

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  • AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS swaggers its way around across the globe, taking in continents, intrigue, love, a hot air balloon and even an elephant – all in the name of a bet. The ever-so-slightly stuffy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days with his wily travelling companion lieutenant Passepartout. An incredible tale of adventure underpinned by a childlike sense of wonder to be enjoyed by all the family. A cast of eight will transport you half way round the world and back again, via one hundred and eight characters, thirty three scenes and a wonderfully funny feat of imagination.  

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  • Shakespeare meets showbiz in this glittering cabaret style musical, which was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and had a hugely successful West End run. Since then the show has played off Broadway, completed five US tours and has travelled the world from Sydney to San Francisco, delighting audiences and receiving rave reviews.

    You definitely don’t need to be a Shakespearean scholar to enjoy this comic concoction of hilarious sketches and show-stopping numbers!

     

    'A COMIC COCKTAIL' Evening Standard

     

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Welcome to Kenny Wax Limited

Since its foundation in 1995 by Kenny Wax, the company has firmly established itself as a leading Producer and General Manager in the West End and regionally. Kenny is President of the Society of London Theatre, and is regularly featured in The Stage newspaper’s 100 most influential industry members.

 

When Kenny and co-producer Mark Bentley asked Mischief Theatre to redraft their one hour play into a full length entertainment, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG became one of the surprise hits of 2014. The show was toured to popular acclaim before transferring to the Duchess Theatre, where it has played for two outstanding years, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015. In addition to its continuing success in the West End, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, has taken New York audiences by storm since opening on Broadway in the Spring of this year with the original cast; winning the broadway.com Audience Choice Award, the Theatre Fans’ Choice Award and the Tony award for Best Set. The play has recently completed a successful tour in Australia, bringing it’s unique comedy down under to critical acclaim. Due to popular demand, from January 2018 THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG will once again tour the UK.

 

Mischief Theatre’s second show, PETER PAN GOES WRONG opened at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in November 2014. It premiered in the West End at the Apollo Theatre for hugely successful 2015 Christmas run, followed by a disastrous return in autumn 2016. A Christmas Special, television adaptation starring David Suchet aired on New Year’s Eve for BBC1. THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY, Mischief’s third production with the company opened to five star reviews at the Criterion Theatre in April 2016, and looks set to make the theatre its home for a long time to come. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is booking a regional tour of the UK from Autumn 2018.

 

In 2011, the company produced the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the 1935 classic film TOP HAT, which won the 2012 Evening Standard award for ‘Best Night Out’. From its seven nominations in 2013, TOP HAT picked up three Olivier Awards, including the coveted award for ‘Best New Musical’. The production toured the UK and internationally,  packing out venues across the globe.

 

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment Ltd. has also had a hugely successful few years. Its collaborations with Tall Stories, such as THE GRUFFALO, THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD and the Olivier Award nominated ROOM ON THE BROOM have continued to delight families up and down the country, on tour and in the West End. Sally Cookson’s critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s  HETTY FEATHER was nominated for an Olivier award, and played for two seasons in the West End, as well as touring the UK.  The production crossed the Atlantic in June 2016, playing to Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre.

 

On top of the touring success of THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT  and WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD  our production of MR POPPER’S PENGUINS premiered last year and traveled to the New Victory Theatre, New York in October 2016. The company is producing a brand new family musical which is in development.

 

The company is a proud supporter of the charity KidsOut. Over the past few years, KidsOut have organised trips for hundreds of disadvantaged children to see our shows, including WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARDTHE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEAHETTY FEATHER and PETER PAN GOES WRONG. Gala performances of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY have raised thousands of pounds for the charity.