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What's it all about?

From the deranged pen of Harry Hill comes a hilarious new musical based on The X-Factor.

I Can't Sing! goes behind the microphones and under the judges' desks at the biggest show on earth and reveals the (not necessarily accurate) tale of heartache and laughter which keeps millions of us glued to TV's top talent show week after week.

Irreverent, anarchic, yet strangely touching, this spectacular musical comedy features a host of new and deliriously funny songs that can't fail to delight, whether you're a fan of The X Factor or a sceptic.

What's the story?

On the surface it's the story of one girl's journey in search of triumph in the final round of the X-Factor. But the fun of I Can't Sing! is all in the getting there.

The show’s bursting with Harry Hill's trademark side-splitting silliness and matchless skills at taking the mick - so expect to see the X-Factor’s regular panellists getting mercilessly ribbed.

Aside from hilarious parodies of Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole and, of course, 'Mr Nasty' Simon Cowell, there are howlingly funny songs, including the title number.

Beyond that, the show's stuffed to the gills with a veritable sideshow’s worth of barmy oddities, including a singing hunchback, a man on an iron lung and a talking dog. In short, it’s a West End musical like nothing the Palladium or, indeed, the whole of London Theatreland has ever played host to before.

Who's in it?

Nigel Harman stars as Simon. Best known for his stint as Dennis Rickman in EastEnders, he also plays valet Mr Green in the fourth series of Downton Abbey.

His theatre credits include an acclaimed performance as Sky Masterson in Michael Grandage's revival of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2007, and the role of Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical and Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

Nigel is joined in the cast by Cynthia Erivo, in the central role of young X-Factor contestant Chenice. Cynthia has recently won praise for her work in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of The Color Purple. Alan Morrissey plays her lovestruck fellow hopeful Max.

I Can't Sing! is written by BAFTA Award-winning comedian Harry Hill (3 BAFTAs, 7 British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux) with music and lyrics by Steve Brown (Spend, Spend, Spend, Spitting Image, Laura Mvula, TV Burp). 

It's directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote; The Ladykillers; What The Butler Saw; co-founder of The Right Size) with choreography by Kate Prince (Into The Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop; founder of Zoonation). 

Set design is by Es Devlin (Creative Director for Take That, Kanye West and Pet Shop Boys stadium tours; designer for London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony). 

Who is I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical suitable for?

I Can't Sing! is a guaranteed laugh-riot for fans of the all-conquering TV talent show and its detractors alike.

It's all-ages fare, and if you've ever laughed yourself stupid at Harry Hill's TV Burp or the big-collared comic's supremely daft narration of You've Been Framed, then you're certain to traipse home from I Can't Sing! with a whopping great grin spread all over your chops.

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I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical reviews - staff

Go to I Can’t Sing with an open heart and take everything at face value and you’ll have a cracking night!

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I Can’t Sing is pure light hearted entertainment from start to finish. If you want an evening of fun, laughs and catchy show tunes then this show is for you.

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This show certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously, packing a punch when it comes to ridiculing the X Factor. Harry Hill doesn’t disappoint too with his wacky set and witty script! Coupled with catchy tunes and a cast with an impressive set of vocal chords, this is your go-to fun night out.

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I Can't Sing is a wonderfully crazy evening of pure entertainment. The songs are hilarious and memorable which is no small feat - and the performers all do their roles justice, particularly the three judges. The whole show will leave you laughing and humming the songs long after you leave the Palladium.

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I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical reviews - critics

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"THE DADDY OF ALL MUSICALS. By far the best of the recent West End musical openings" -
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"Top tunes, brilliant singing. One million percent YES!" -
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"Wildly eccentric, wonderfully funny. A big, popular hit blessed with real heart and great theatrical panache" -
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"Glorious gags...inexplicable magic… a jaw-dropping ending" -

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Did You Know?

Usually seen glowering at The X-Factor’s parade of variously talented and terrible hopefuls from the panel, the show’s originator and figurehead Simon Cowell has said that witnessing himself being sent up in early workshops for the new I Can’t Sing! - The X-Factor was the funniest thing he’d ever seen.

With Harry Hill on writing duties for the new musical, you’d think I Can’t Sing!’s comedic pedigree alone would be enough of a draw. But The X-Factor Musical has another major asset in its favour too, in the form of its double Olivier Award-winning director Sean Foley, recently acclaimed for his work on West End smash The Ladykillers. 

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Audio described performance 8 May 2pm

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