Sep 12 – Oct 1, 2017
Tickets on sale Wednesday, July 19
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
Plan Your Visit
Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.
All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.
The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.
Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:
Theatre Coat Check phone: 206-625-1294
Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.
Food & Drinks
Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid.
Ticket Refunds & Exchanges
You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.
If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.
We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.
Cameras & Recorders
The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.
Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.
No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.
Ask an Usher
If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.
Something Rotten, a recent hit on Broadway, is set in Elizabethan London; it tells the story of two down-and-out playwrights (Nick and Nigel Bottom) who prematurely invent the musical in order to compete with William Shakespeare. The show’s comedy is Monty Python-like in being outrageous and irreverent, including plenty of anachronistic modern references. Parents and concerned theatergoers should peruse the following guidelines carefully.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
The adult language is mild, but does contain quite a few “vulgar” expressions. The jealous Nick has a few choice words about Shakespeare (“that little turd,” “the bastard”). A couple of words for body parts are used (“Don’t be a penis/The man is a genius”) (“I’d give my left nad to be Shakespeare”). The word “shit” appear (“You’re a shit actor”) as does “piss.” Shakespeare himself asserts that writing is “still friggin’ hard.” A couple of “damns” are heard and one “Godammit.”
Most of these are implied rather than explicit; for instance, the Puritan preacher, Brother Jeremiah, declares that theater “promotes lustful desires” and therefore all theaters “must be pulled down, for we cannot abide such ungodly erections.”
It is suggested that Robin, a player who specializes in female roles, is gay (“If I was to wear dresses and hang about in taverns and flirt with men . . . You know? For research.”)
A song lyric describes “a play from Greek mythology” (Oedipus Rex) as “See a mother have sex with her son? Eww.”
Nick and his true love, the puritan Portia, who are both inexperienced, become very aroused (without touching) when Nick reads his poetry to her (“Yes! Don’t stop!”).
When Nick is acquitted in court and kisses Bea (who is in male dress), Jeremiah the Puritan preacher calls out, “Look! Homosexuals! Charge them!”
At a party for Shakespeare, the Puritan girl Portia tastes wine for the first time and drinks too much.
The Something Rotten! cast will be announced in August.