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Tony Award Winner

Closed January 1, 2017

"This is a big, brash meta-musical...loaded with crowd-pleasing showstoppers, deliciously puerile gags and an infectious love of the form it so playfully skewers."

The Hollywood Reporter

Why See Something Rotten!?

The tony-winning smash hit musical - final months!

The Bard of Avon is, as some would have it, the definitive playwright. He's a man whose plays and sonnets have enriched us all for the last 500 years, and is the creator of farcical comedies and terrible tragedies and inventor of hundreds of words in the English language. But enough about that poser, there's a new crack duo in town, and they're here to shake up Shakespeare! Behold the brothers Bottom, the creators of THE MUSICAL!

Something Rotten! is from the director-choreographer behind the decade's biggest smash, The Book of Mormon. With a book from John O' Farrell, this is a look back at the ruffs and doublets of Shakespeare's day, and what it's like to live in the shadow of that renaissance prodigy. Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti shine in their roles of Nick and Nigel Bottom, as they battle against the rock and roll bard.

The play's the thing, or is it?

When faced with trying to create a new play, Nick and Nigel Bottom are at a loss - what will possibly out-class William? When told by a soothsayer that the future of the stage lies in singing, acting and, shudder, dancing, they set out to create something entirely new, something that will change theatre forever.

Workshopped last fall, Something Rotten! promises to be an ode to and celebration of musical theatre, with music and lyrics from Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, another brotherly duo who've worked with Eric Clapton and on Hollywood films such as Chicken Run respectively.

Can one desire too much of a good thing? Let's hope not! Because Something Rotten! is on course to be the next mega-watt musical hit! Don't delay in booking your tickets today.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 23 March 2015

Opening night: 22 April 2015


May be unsuitable for children younger than eight years old. Please note that children under the age of four are not permitted into the theatre.

Run time

Around two hours and 30 minutes including one intermission

Cast and Creative


Rob McClure as Nick Bottom
Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom
Adam Pascal as The Bard
Brad Oscar as Nostradamus
Leslie Kritzer as Bea
Catherine Brunell as Portia
Brooks Ashmanskas as Brother Jeremiah
Edward Hibbert as Lord Clapham/Judge
Gerry Vichi as Shylock
Andre Ward as Minstrel


Direction & Choreography by Casey Nicolaw
Music & Lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by John O' Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick


2015 TONY AWARD wins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Christian Borle)


Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Brian d'Arcy James)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Christian Borle)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Brad Oscar)
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography
Best Orchestrations
Best Costume Design of a Musical


Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Christian Borle

2015 Drama Desk nominations

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Brian d'Arcy James
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Christian Borle
Outstanding Director of a Musical - Casey Nicolaw
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Outstanding Orchestrations

What we thought

CLEVER creative Hilarious

Proves perfectly what power a production can pack when it really is THAT good!

Something Rotten! is about as delightful as musical theatre can get, and as it was this reviewer's first time seeing an brand new Broadway musical, it proves perfectly what power a production can pack when it really is THAT good. Although I crin

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Wendy Fynn

Wendy Fynn

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Trisha: “Best new musical!”

Saw Something Rotten last night. It was so much fun! Laughed my ass off.... more

Ronnie M: “Something is Rotten but not this!”

If you want to laugh and laugh hard go see this new musical. It is original,... more

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