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Based on a true story from the 1930s, It Happened in Key West is an incredibly heartfelt and soul captivating romantic comedy that touches on the themes of love, romance, and heartbreak. A quirky musical, this is a production that is both critically acclaimed and loved by audiences.

Why Watch It Happened in Key West

This romantic-comedy recounts the true story of Carl Tanzler, a German scientist, and his love for a patient at the hospital where he worked. His story has been made famous, and has even been adapted to short stories, documentaries, songs, and books. The West End adaptation of this tale takes a new and unique approach, and explains this story to audiences in a light-hearted musical. Exploring the themes of unrequited love, devotion, and obsession, It Happened in Key West tells the story from Carl Tanzler’s perspective, a view that has long been ignored and forgotten.

The Story

It Happened in Key West is based on a true story that took place in Key West, Florida in the 1930s. It follows the life of a radiographer, Carl, working in a hospital and his quest for true love. Carl finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to find out that she has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and that she is married. He does everything in his power to save her and be with the woman he loves. What follows are his desperate attempts to keep her alive and salvage the romance. Unfortunately, she succumbs to her illness, but that does not deter love blinded Carl from wanting to be with her.

Good for

Musical Lovers | Romantics | Mature Audiences

Critics Reviews

“It’s actually pretty straightforward as musicals go. There’s some reasonably catchy tunes, some jazzy showstoppers, some slow romantic numbers.”
- Timeout

“It Happened in Key West walks the line between laugh out loud funny and abhorrently gruesome.”
- Exposure

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday-Saturday 7:30 PM
Wednesday & Saturday 2:30 PM

Duration
2 hours 15 minutes, including one interval

Leading Roles
Wade McCollum as Carl
Alyssa Martyn as Elena

Director
Marc Robin

Book, Music, and Lyrics
Jill Santoriello

Production Designer
Jamie Roderick

Additional Information

Audience
Suitable for audiences above the age of 12. Children below the age of 12 will not be permitted to enter the theatre.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house lounge
Coat Check

Seating
Charing Cross Theatre has a seating capacity of 265.

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 West End.

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

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Where?

Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street , London

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