La Cage aux Folles 1986

Opened: May 7, 1986
Closing: January 31, 1987

La Cage aux Folles - 1986 - West End History , Info & More

London Palladium
8 Argyll St, Soho London

Based on the play La Cage Aux Folles by Jean Poiret

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret.



Georges is the suave owner of a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera. Partnered romantically with his high-strung star performer, Albin, the pair live a charmed life-until Georges' son announces his engagement to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician who's coming to dinner.



The original production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was one of Broadway's biggest hits of the 1980s. It opened August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre, where it played for over four years and 1,761 performances. The show won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical, Best Score (Jerry Herman) and Best Book (Harvey Fierstein).

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La Cage aux Folles has had 11 productions including Broadway which opened in 1983, Broadway which opened in 1983, West End which opened in 1986, US Tour which opened in 1987, Broadway which opened in 2004, Broadway which opened in 2004, US Tour which opened in 2006, West End which opened in 2008, Broadway which opened in 2010, US Tour which opened in 2011 and West End which opened in 2023.

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