Set against the backdrop of the harsh economic times of 1979, The Knowledge is based on the iconic 1979 TV film comedy, written by Jack Rosenthal, and follows the hilarious struggles of four Londoners as they attempt to better themselves by attempting the fearsome “Knowledge” - the process of becoming a London black cab driver. Standing between them and the coveted Green Badge is the eccentric Mr. Burgess, the examiner. Also known as “The Vampire”, he is on an obsessive mission to maintain standards.
The Knowledgecast includes of Steven Pacey as Mr Burgess, Celine Abrahams as Brenda, James Alexandrou Gordon, Jenna Augen as Val, Louise Callaghan as Miss Staveley, Ben Caplan as Ted, Michael Chance as Arab Tourist, Alice Felgate as Janet and Fabien Frankel as Chris.
Acclaimed actress and writer Maureen Lipman is to direct this world stage premiere. The rest of the creative team is made up of Nicolai Hart-Hansen (Set Design), Jonathan Lipman (Costume Design), Leigh Porter (Lighting Design) and Andrew Johnson (Sound Design).
The Knowledge "has a period charm and authenticity that makes it worth hailing... director Maureen Lipman keeps the engine ticking over nicely & there's a fab debut from Fabien Frankel."
Georgina Brown, The Mail on Sunday
"Fine ensemble acting, it's an enjoyable ride"
The Sunday Times
“The play retains the wit and lightness of Rosenthal’s writing”
"Jack Rosenthal’s well-loved film has been adapted by Simon Black into theatrical shape and retains all the dry gentle wit, empathy and humane sweetness of the man. It isn’t a storming, life-changing play, but it is an honest slice of life and in the second hour, surprisingly satisfying. I was going to take the Tube afterwards, but took a cab instead. In tribute."
Libby Purves, Theatre Cat
"A period piece, given a charming new lease of life in Maureen Lipman's well-acted, rather delightful production"
Paul Taylor in The Independent
"The whole - often hilarious - evening moves along at a terrific pace, it's a fine, funny night in the theatre, and a touching requiem for a London that sadly feels long gone"
"A riveting celebration of London and the legendary institution that are black cabs"
"Simon Block’s beautifully smooth stage adaptation of Jack Rosenthal’s 1979 television masterpiece. Steven Pacey’s Mr Burgess has to be an Olivier Award candidate. He alone is worth the ticket price."
"Enjoyable and pioignant, this is a play not just about 'The Knowledge' but about wisdom and self-knowledge — possibly even harder to acquire."
The Financial Times
"An enjoyable tribute both to the talents of its creator and a section of the workforce we too often take for granted"
The whole - often hilarious - evening moves along at a terrific pace, it's a fine, funny night in the theatre, and a touching requiem for a London that sadly feels long gone
A gorgeous period piece - if you love Seventies culture, you’ll love this show
Jonathan Baz ★★★★
With Uber cars and rickshaws clogging streets of London, this production is timely
Broadway World ★★★★
Simon Block’s beautifully smooth stage adaptation of Jack Rosenthal’s 1979 television masterpiece
Theatre Monkey ★★★★★
A great comic evening out. Hail it while you can!
Spy in the Stalls ★★★★★
An honest slice of life and in the second hour, surprisingly satisfying. I was going to take the Tube afterwards, but took a cab instead. In tribute
CRITICS’ CHOICE: The Times / Evening Standard / Metro
Straight from its world tour success, critically acclaimed comedy parody Graeme of Thrones will transfer to London’s West End at the Charing Cross Theatre this autumn.
In this theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skills required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches him that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes wrong...
After huge success in Chicago, Toronto, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Londoners can now discover a show which Time Out described as ‘a must for any Game Of Thrones fan’, and caused a woman in Norwich to vomit into her handbag, and was even banned from performing in Malaysia.
Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, Graeme Of Thrones is an original and un-authorized parody on the international phenomenon that is Game Of Thrones. A treat for fans and an introduction for the unenlightened.
See it before the inevitable lawsuit!
“Funny, with spot-on gags and lo-fi props… These are writers and performers who live on the more inventive edge of the comedy scene ... they deserve to be cherished." ★★★★
“Stupidly enjoyable ... their comic timing is superb”
“A roller coaster ride of beheadings, incest and war”
The West Australian
“Obsessed with Game Of Thrones? This my… Jon-Snow-loving friends, is the show for you”
Welcome to the Charing Cross Theatre and the Players Bar and Kitchen. This 'hidden gem' venue has everything you will need for an unforgettable experience under one roof. Our theatre, a former Victorian music hall, offers an eclectic mix of drama, musicals, comedy, cabaret and even some late night shows. Our diverse programme has something to suit every theatrical taste.
Players Bar & Kitchen
At the Players Bar and Kitchen, our head chef has created a delicious menu to suit all tastes and appetites. Based in Villiers Street, just up from Embankment Station, it’s the perfect place for pre-theatre dining, whether you are going to see a show in our own Charing Cross Theatre or elsewhere in London’s Theatreland district.
In fact, our pre-theatre menu was awarded the Toptable's Diner's Choice award for Pre/Post Theatre Dining. Have a peek at our menus and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.