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“An evening of Olympic-class whingeing about the state of the world, the collapse of good manners and the general ineptitude of men … Some of the mediations on mortality and the fading of desire could almost have been lifted from a Beckett play.” Clive Davis, The Times ★★★★

Fresh from a sell-out 62-date 2009 tour, Grumpy Old Women Live 2: Chin Up Britain - the new show from the creators of the touring phenomenon Grumpy Old Women Live - is set to hit London’s West End for an eight-week run. SUSIE BLAKE (Coronation Street, The Victoria Wood Show) and WENDI PETERS (Coronation Street, Bad Girls) return to star alongside original Grump JENNY ECLAIR - who is also the show’s co-writer with JUDITH HOLDER (best-selling author of the first Grumpy Old Women book and producer of the hit TV series). This testy triumvirate will be treading the boards (whilst trying not to break them) in all their collective grumpy glory at the Novello Theatre from 14th April to 5th June.

The country has gone to rack and ruin, but Britain’s Top Grumps are ready to hit the nation’s capital in a show packed full of handy hints on getting through these hard times the grumpy way. So chin up Britain! It’s time to fight back, with ninety minutes of advance grumbling and tutting: the theatrical equivalent of a good shoulder rub - better value than a Marks and Spencer’s meal deal, and more fun than jumping up and down on a trampoline without a bra.

Grumpy Old Women Live 2: Chin up Britain sees our battalion of battleaxes raise the bar with on-stage skipping, a D.I.Y. disco and live gymkhana, in this all-singing, all-dancing (well, sort of) spectacular! They’ll be offering top tips on coping with Excessive Cleaning Disorder, celebrity culling, how to overcome menu masochism, and combining household chores with safe sex in the comprehensive Guide to Grumpy Rumpy Pumpy…

The original stage version of Grumpy Old Women Live completed four sell-out UK tours, a hugely successful month-long West End residency, and a hit run in Australia - which, combined, sold 180,000 tickets. The original show was also written by Perrier Award-winning comedian JENNY ECLAIR and JUDITH HOLDER and was released on DVD in autumn 2008.


Venue: Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London WC2B 4LD
Dates: 14th April - 5th June
Times: 1930 every day except Sundays, plus 1500 matinees every Wednesday and
Saturday except 14th April
Box Office: 0844 482 5170

For more information please contact Ben Nolan or Dan Lloyd on: 020 7598 7222 / or

What the press said about Grumpy Old Women Live:

“A slickly scripted evening of comedy … The largely female crowd greet gags about Trinny and Susannah and catalogue shopping with bashless glee.”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times

“The audience, largely made up of robust middle-aged women, roared. I’ve sat with this crowd before. The same ageing girls’ night-outers attended The Vagina Monologues at the Bristol Hippodrome three years ago. But Eve Ensler’s play, for all its flashes of humour, remains so achingly, lower-sixthishly intense. With its lighter touch, Grumpy Old Women Live is a wiser and more knowing expression of female solidarity.”
Amanda Mitchison, Sunday Telegraph

“There’s nothing quite like the sound of laughter sweeping across an audience, and the stage version of Grumpy Old Women produces two hours of continuous humour, lapped up by a mainly female audience. It is so exuberantly performed… it could become a major touring franchise in the vein of The Vagina Monologues - and just as liberating for audiences who can recognise themselves in it.”
Mark Shenton, Sunday Express

“The writing is stiletto sharp. Great gales of laughter greet every admission and shared middle-aged secret.”
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail

“Warmhearted, witty, empathetic and, dare I say it, rather empowering.”
Kathryn Flett, The Observer

“If you are planning to celebrate your divorce, mourn your lost youth, or simply want a feel-good night out with the girls, this is the perfect ticket … Fluffier than The Vagina Monologues, sillier than Shirley Valentine, more uplifting than a reinforced Wonderbra.”
Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

“A raucous hen-party atmosphere prevailed as almost 2,000 women in the 30-plus bracket converged to watch comedienne Jenny Eclair, together with actresses Dillie Keane and Linda Robson, indulge in an orgy of good-natured lamentation.”
Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph

“The show is simply uproarious. It is big, brash and colourful, riding on a wave of warmth and empathy.”
Pat Ashworth, The Stage