American Idiot

Tuesday 21 May 2019 to Saturday 25 May 2019

Congress Theatre

Following two critically acclaimed West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day’s explosive rock musical American Idiot returns to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album.

Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. This thrilling musical has had Green Day fans in rapture and introduced a generation of theatregoers to their powerful and moving musical style. 

This epic tour comes from Selladoor Productions producers of Flashdance, Fame, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors.

Contains strong language and drug references, not suitable for under 14s

Times & Prices

Tue - Thur 7.30pm
Fri 5pm & 8.30pm
Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tue 7.30pm & Fri 5pm £16-£28
Wed & Thur 7.30pm & Sat 2.30pm £24-£36
Fri & Sat 7.30pm £27-£39

Concessions £3 off (Tue-Thur 7.30pm & Fri 5pm, top 3 prices only)
Groups 10+ £3 off, 20+ £4 off, 30+ £5 off (Tues-Thur 7.30pm & Fri 5pm, top 3 prices only)

Price inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee

Additional Info

Contains strong language and drug references, not suitable for under 14s


"While the album’s themes of alienation and frustration in a post 9/11 world play out, the audience is fed two hours of orchestrated chaos, as the show crashes through the barriers of the traditional musical set-up. Through all of this, however, there are still opportunities for both wit and warmth, and this homage to lasting friendship in the most difficult of circumstances is likely to win over even the most traditional theatregoer." ****

"If you prefer Tarantino or Danny Boyle movies to theatre then this is the musical for you... Powerful, gritty and sometimes a little uncomfortable to watch, this is certainly not a traditional musical. There’s minimal talking as the roaring soundtrack, provided by the punk-rock opera concept album ‘American Idiot' from Green Day, compels you hurtling through the story narrative. 3 disillusioned teenagers choose their path to escape the dreary suburbs post 9-11, with war raging in Iraq, and their sole highlight: drinking in the local store car park.

Themes of drug-taking, alter egos, military conflict and teenage fatherhood are expertly portrayed by a phenomenal cast to represent the disillusionment from the collapse of the ‘can-do’ spirit of the American dream. Leading man ‘Johnny’ played by Tom Milner is utterly convincing as his drug habit spirals out of control, in part due to his alter-ego St.Jimmy (played with expert empowerment by the talented Luke Friend as the devil on his shoulder). Sam Lavery strikes a great balance between confident independent woman and love-torn girlfriend desperately trying to save Johnny from himself.

Despite occasionally being an uneasy watch (a testament to how well those scenes were acted) this was the most enjoyably entertaining and affecting live theatre I’ve seen for a very long time!" Sharon Thompson, Press Officer, Eastbourne Theatres

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American Idiot

Congress Theatre