Welcome to Chicago!

You are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery – all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.

Set in the era of prohibition, Chicago is a darkly satirical musical that took the West End by storm, running for an impressive 15 years. Following the closure of The Phantom of the Opera, it now holds the distinction of being the longest-running musical on Broadway. The stories portrayed in the show, featuring characters like Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, and others, are inspired by real-life high-profile crimes that occurred in 1920s Chicago.

Being an actor trainer, I have always cherished musical theatre and have even been referred to as a “closet muso” throughout my career. Consequently, I was thrilled to take on Chicago in my first year at Downe House. This musical provides the perfect blend of singing, dancing, and acting, allowing the cast to showcase their talents across all disciplines. The cast members have poured tremendous effort into bringing this production to life, skilfully navigating the trials and tribulations of School life along the way. The creative team and I are immensely grateful for their commitment throughout this demanding process.

I extend my gratitude to the creative team, including the choreographers, musical director, AV, costume, the student technical crew and all the backstage support. Your dedication and hard work have been instrumental in making this show a reality. Special thanks to Miss Nat Bloor and Mimi Thistlethwayte for their photography expertise  and thank you, also, to the leadership team and wider School community for their unwavering support. And lastly, a special note of appreciation to our audience. We invite you to immerse yourselves in the spectacle and enjoy the show we have prepared for you.

Mr Gould
Director of Drama and Dance



Chicago. 1928. Merry murderesses, silver-tongued attorneys and all that jazz. Roxie Hart is a killer and now a celebrity – the question is whether to put her in a jail cell or put her on the stage. Maybe both. Velma Kelly might be her best friend or her biggest rival. Maybe both. And who reached for the gun anyway? Roxie or her lover Fred Casely? Maybe both…

It’s time for some Razzle Dazzle as Downe House brings you Chicago – the smash hit Kander & Ebb musical with toe-tapping tunes, showstopping Bob-Fosse-inspired choreography and a story you simply won’t believe – unless Billy Flynn gets his way…

Rehearsal Photographs

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings or streams of this production is strictly prohibited, a violation of United Kingdom Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and an actionable offense.

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