Dreamboats and Petticoats


Where: Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE

How much:£12.50 – £70.00 (£10 tickets may be found on lastminute.com)

How long: 2 hours 30minutes

Running until: 24th November 2012

CD – £15
Souvenir Brochure – £7
Regular programme – £4

Wine – £6.00
Beer – £4.00

Review performance date: Thursday 22nd March 2012

Nearest Tube station

Nearest Rail station
Charing Cross

Website: Playhouse Theatre


I had always seen adverts for Dreamboats and Petticoats and decided it was about time I went to see it. The show is on at the playhouse theatre, around the back of the arches on the embankment in London.


A nice little venue but the upper circle should come with a warning because every single person who made it to the top commented on needing oxygen as the climb was so high. I planned to count the stairs on the way out of the theatre but by that time I was ready to kill myself and flew down the stairs and out of the theatre as fast as possible.

The announcement before the show starts informs you that all the music in the show is played live, but as the show starts you can tell these actors have never seen an instrument before in their lives and are pretending to do something that remotely resembles playing an instrument while the real band at the back of the stage (loosely classed as actors) do all the work.


What is Dreamboats and Petticoats about? Well that’s a good question. It’s not really about anything. A multitude of 60’s songs were obviously chosen and then a very weak story line was built around them (seemingly completely unrelated to the songs). Girl wants boy, boy doesn’t want girl, boy wants a different girl, girl doesn’t want him. It is also the story of a group of boys who start a band and then decide to enter a song writing competition.


I can’t tell you what happened at the end of the show, as I left at the interval (along with everyone else). Some people didn’t even make it that far and left during the first half!


If you like 60’s music you would be well advised to dig out some old CDs at home and listen to them while staring at a wall. I guarantee you will have more fun than if you actually go to see this show.