A couple of weeks before I went on holiday, I got the chance to head to The Other Palace to catch the limited engagement of Heathers The Musical. Since I booked my ticket way back when, it’s been announced that Heathers The Musical is transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket just down from Piccadilly Circus. But should you take the opportunity to catch the show?
Heathers The Musical is based on the 1988 cult film, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Coinciding with the film’s 30th birthday, the timing of the transfer could not be more perfect for the publicity. When Veronica Sawyer (Carrie Hope Fletcher) falls in with the Heathers, she becomes a person that she doesn’t like. Fortunately – or unfortunately – for her, JD (Jamie Muscato) comes into her life to help get her out of the clique and away from the pressures they are putting on her. Heathers explores bullying, teen suicide and school violence, set to a rock score by Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde The Musical) and Kevin Murphy. Its run at The Other Palace crashed the booking website for over an hour on the day of its release – whether that was due to the musical itself or because Carrie Hope Fletcher was cast in the lead role is still yet to be determined – and was a sell out.
I do think the prices are a little on the steep side, especially with the cheaper tickets at the Theatre Royal Haymarket being on benches. I paid £29.50 to sit front row at The Other Palace, with an equivalently priced seat in the 888-seater theatre being in the balcony. I feel like Heathers The Musical priced out a lot of fans during its run at The Other Palace (only a handful of tickets for each production were less than £30 each), and it is continuing to do the same at its new Suffolk Street home. I understand with it being such a limited run, it hasn’t got much time to make a profit, but I feel like it would be selling better if they brought the prices down.
Do I think you ought to catch Heathers The Musical whilst its still fairly new to the London scene? Perhaps. I really enjoyed seeing it at The Other Palace, especially since I’ve been a fan of Jamie Muscato since 2012. I thought Carrie played an excellent Veronica; quite different to Barrett Wilbert Weed’s portrayal Off-Broadway in 2014. If you’ve not seen the Jodie Steele play Heather Chandler (before she heads off on the Rock Of Ages UK Tour, replacing Danielle Hope, in November) then you should probably head to Theatre Royal Haymarket.
However, if you saw Heathers The Musical at The Other Palace, especially during its final week when a brand new song was added, then I don’t think its vital that you see it during its transfer. Like I said, I really enjoyed seeing the show, but I’m not paying £50 for a reasonable seat to see it again. I might try to see it again if the tickets continue to not sell as it will be cheap, but I would personally rather watch some of the others shows in the West End between now and its November close.
Heathers The Musical opens at Theatre Royal Haymarket on 3rd September (they missed a trick not opening on 1st September since that’s literally a line from the show but I digress) and runs until 24th November.