‘Moulin Rouge: The Musical’ in London Autumn 2021

Moulin Rouge The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London

What comes to mind when someone mentions Moulin Rouge? We usually associate it with red lights and can-can dresses, the opulence and luxury of a dashing nightclub in the 1900s. Experience this live at Moulin Rouge: The Musical, which will debut at London’s Piccadilly Theatre from 12 November 2021, whether you’ve seen the film or have visited the iconic windmill in Paris.

The award-winning film by Baz Luhrmann is at the centre of this show, accompanied by a contemporary pop score featuring Madonna, P!nk, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Sia, Adele and Elton John amongst many others. Learn all about how Moulin Rouge finds its newest European home in London before walking into this mind-blowing musical theatre extravaganza coloured in multiple shades of red.

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What is the story of Moulin Rouge: The Musical?

The Moulin Rouge, located in Paris’s Montmartre Quarter, welcomes visitors from the moment they enter the auditorium. It’s daring. It’s sexy. It’s opulent. Then, as the curtain rises, Christian, a lovesick novelist, takes his seat inside the Moulin Rouge, anticipating the evening’s events. Satine, the show’s “sparkling diamond” star, greets him. There’s a twinkle in each of their eyes, indicating that they’re smitten with each other from the start.  Audiences will also encounter Harold Zidler, the larger-than-life host, as well as the rich Duke of Monroth, who wants to buy romantic love at the Moulin Rouge. Still, even though love doesn’t always go as planned, Christian and Satine do all they can to stay together.

Moulin Rouge The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End Theatreland

When was the first performance of Moulin Rouge: The Musical?

The Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston hosted the world premiere of Moulin Rouge: The Musical. Performances started on the 27th of June 2018, with an opening night on the 22nd of July. The first run was only for a few weeks, until August 19, 2018.

After that, Moulin Rouge: The Musical made its Broadway debut at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Previews started on June 28, 2019, just precisely a year later, ahead of an opening night on July 25, 2019.

What songs are there in Moulin Rouge: The Musical?

Moulin Rouge: The Musical’s music consists of 70 tracks, with musical medleys and mashups sung during the performance. There are also standout songs from the 2001 film, such as Christian and Satine’s renditions of “Come What May” and “Lady Marmalade.” Pop songs from recent years, such as Sia’s “Chandelier” and Katy Perry’s “Firework,” have helped to revitalise the plot. The original Broadway cast recording is on Spotify:

When and where can I see Moulin Rouge: The Musical?

Booking is now open from 12 November 2021 through until Saturday 9 April 2022.

The regular performance schedule will be: Monday – Saturday 7:30 pm and Wednesday & Sunday matinees 2:30pm.

The Piccadilly Theatre is located in London’s Theatreland, on 16 Denman Street, Soho, London W1D 7DY.

What is the duration of Moulin Rouge: The Musical?

The show running time is 2 hours and 35 minutes including a 20-minute interval.

What have people said about Moulin Rouge: The Musical?

Although there are no London reviews for Moulin Rouge: The Musical yet, we should look at the Broadway reviews. Critics adored the production’s craziness in all its glory, which is perhaps unsurprising. Moulin Rouge earned five stars from the New York Theatre Guide.

The New York Times praised the party atmosphere, claiming that Moulin Rouge is a hedonist’s paradise. And even those who usually scoff at jukebox musicals were pleasantly surprised.

What is the minimum age recommendation?

The show is recommended for children 12 years of age and over.

Is there seating that’s suitable for wheelchair users, those with limited mobility and those with visual and/or audio impairment?

Yes, the Piccadilly Theatre has several wheelchair spaces as well as seats suitable for a wheelchair user to transfer into. It also has seating suitable for those with visual impairment and guide dogs are welcome.

As well as that, the Piccadilly Theatre is equipped with the Sennheiser MobileConnect WiFi sound amplification system. MobileConnect uses WiFi to deliver superior quality audio to a smart device such as an iPod or iPhone, either through headphones or via a necklace for hearing aid users. Devices can be borrowed on the day, or alternatively patrons can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app and use their own device.

If you or a member of your party has access requirements, we recommend that you speak directly with the theatre.

Please note there are strobe lights during the performance.

Moulin Rouge The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End Theatreland

What is the COVID safe plan?

The Piccadilly Theatre wants you to feel safe and comfortable during your visit. When performances commence, it will adhere to strict health and safety protocols developed under the guidance of local government officials and public health experts.

From 21 June, theatres hope to open at full capacity, providing the roadmap goes ahead as planned. While currently there are no full details from the government on exactly what live events will look like by November when Moulin Rouge! The Musical performances commence, the Piccadilly will be working closely with Official London Theatre to keep fans and ticketholders updated as guidance becomes clearer.

What is the exchange policy if you feel unwell, or if COVID restrictions change?

The Piccadilly stands by Official London Theatre’s ‘Book with Confidence. Exchange with Ease’ pledge, as they know how important it is to be flexible in current times.

If you are not able to go to the theatre due to Covid, you can access a fee-free exchange.

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