Crush Hour

4.8/5

Critic Rating

Crush Hour: A Musical follows the stories of unknowingly connected strangers in London as they navigate love during rush hour. Various chance encounters on tubes, taxis, trains and bikes result in hilarious outcomes in this festive musical drama Grammy-nominated and two-time Brit award-winning singer Ellie Goulding plays Ash, who every day takes the same morning train as her dream man, Rob (Douglas Booth). Lola (West End star Samantha Barks) finds herself on the night Tube desperately trying to place the man in front of her (Aneurin Barnard) but she knows the cardinal rule of not speaking to people on the Tube. A hapless Jay (Layton Williams) is lost somewhere between Kings Cross and Bloomsbury, and finds himself taking an Uber with a tipsy Jonny (Omari Douglas) who does little to calm his nerves. And Martin (Rory Kinnear) and Debbie (Julia Davies), try to gather an audience to watch their vow renewal ceremony on Christmas Eve in Kings Cross station. Soon, it becomes clear that the characters are all entwined in one way or another, just in time for Christmas Day. The Crush Hour original soundtrack with the full cast ensemble also includes Nick Collier, aka Ella Vaday (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Keil Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts) and Ben Bailey-Smith (The Split). Crush Hour was created and written by Freya Slipper, directed by Chris Foggin (Fisherman’s Friends, Traces), composed by Chris Read with an original score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The series features episodes written by Doug Crossley, Spring Day and Leila Navabi. Crush Hour was produced by Marc Robinson, Mark Hopkins and Claire Rhodes, and developed in association with Twenty Thirteen Films.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Claire Woodward • The Times UK Dec 6, 2022

"A festive musical drama..."

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Score: 4.5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Nov 27, 2022

"It is impressively cast: the singer Ellie Goulding is gorgeous as Ash...clever concept musical...Although a whimsical bus-set third episode tested my patience more than an Underground signals failure, there is something undeniably promising here that deserves to be staged live."

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