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Based on the true story of Anna Edson Taylor, a daredevil who successfully survived going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, Queen of the Mist is an incredibly endearing and motivating production created by multiple Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa. The musical numbers are guaranteed to stick in your head as you follow along with the escapades of the main character and her determination to achieve greatness!

Why Watch Queen Of The Mist

Five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa is the creator of Queen of the Mist, which opened on Broadway in 2011. He is also responsible for music and lyrics of the production, which received rave reviews upon its release in 2011. It went on to win the 2012 Outer Critics Award. The play is based on the true story of Anna Edson Taylor, who risked death so she could truly live.

LaChiusa is known for his popular plays such as Marie Christine, See What I Wanna Seem and Hello Again, for which he received his Tony Award nominations. LaChiusa was especially praised for bringing in numerous turn of the century themes in his music for Queen of the Mist. Trudi Camilleri’s role as Anna Edson Taylor has also been critically acclaimed. Her portrayal of the enterprising Taylor who is extremely resourceful and is hell-bent on making money makes you want to strongly root for the character.

The Story

Set in 1908, the musical follows the life of Anna Edson Taylor, a 63-year-old teacher residing in the western part of New York State. She tries numerous schemes and methods to make a comfortable living for herself but fails at every one of them. She is in dire need of money and decides to become the first person who goes over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. To achieve this, she specially designs the barrel inside which she will be seated. She enlists the help of a roguish manager, Frank Russell, in her endeavour. The critical aspect of this undertaking was not just going over the Niagara in one piece, but surviving the fall at the age of 63.

The media, with its inclination to sensationalise the news, dubs her the “Queen of the Mist’. Taylor is convinced that this is her last chance at greatness, and is determined to face her fears head-on. She navigates both through water and the fickle public opinion, with the hope of emerging unscathed. Will Taylor be successful in this treacherous, yet electrifying effort? Will it make her rich and famous if she survives the attempt? Watch the show and find out.

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

The show will run for a limited season from 15 August 2019 to 5 October 2019.

Show Timings

Monday to Saturday 7:30 PM
Wednesdays (additional matinee) 2:30 PM
Saturdays (additional matinee) 3:00 PM

Leading Roles
Trudy Camilleri as Anna Edson Taylor
Will Arundel as Frank Russell

Directed by
Li Smith

Screenplay, Music and Lyrics
Michael John LaChiusa

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

Additional Information

Duration
2 hours & 15 minutes with 1 intermission

Audience
Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
In-house Bar
Coat Check

Seating
The Charing Cross Theatre has a seating capacity of 276 across 2 sections.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly after you book the tickets. You will need to display a photo ID along with your voucher at the Theatre's Box Office to collect your tickets.

Theatre Address

Charing Cross Theatre, (formerly New Players Theatre), The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG

Getting There

By Bus: Take bus lines 6, 9, or 139 and get off at the Charing Cross station. The theatre is a short 2-minute walk from this bus stop.

By Tube: Take the Underground to Charing Cross Station. The theatre is a short 5-minute walk from this station.

Validity
This ticket is valid for the date selected at the time of booking.

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