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12 Upcoming London Theatre Shows You Should Book Right Now

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

London theatre shows upcoming

With 2020 rapidly appearing on the horizon, now’s the time to book theatre tickets to these upcoming London shows.

It’s almost the start of a brand new decade, and what better way to begin than by resolving to see heaps more theatre this year? We’ve got quite the firmament of stars lighting up the London stage soon, and theatre tickets are already on sale for some of the buzziest productions 2020 has to offer. So you’d better grab tickets to these excellent upcoming shows before they’re gone, hadn’t you?

(Want to head to the theatre this week? See our guide to London theatre shows now open.)

1. Magic Goes Wrong, Vaudeville Theatre (from December 14)

London theatre - book tickets - Magic Goes Wrong

The latest production from Mischief Theatre – who’ve also given London The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – has some serious star power behind it, having been co-created with Penn & Teller. Expect illusions, trickery, and of course, shenanigans. Book your tickets here.

2. LUZIA, Royal Albert Hall (from January 12, 2020)

LUZIA

It’s another jaw-dropping show from the Cirque du Soleil team, this time taking a flipping good look at Mexico. And I mean that quite literally, for the acrobatics on display here are frankly mindbending – combine that with the sights, sounds, and people of Mexico, and you’ve got the recipe for a bonafide hit. Tickets available here.

3. Endgame, Old Vic (from January 27, 2020)

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Hope and cruelty are the last things to die in Samuel Beckett’s macabre comedy, which is a rather Voldemort-esque way of looking at the world. Speaking of which, Daniel Radcliffe is the biggest name in this one, starring opposite Alan Cumming in a show that’s expected to be in high demand. Grab your tickets here.

4. Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre (from February 7, 2020)

Upstart Crow London Theatre

Spinning off from the BBC Two sitcom, David Mitchell reprises his role as the beleaguered bard, trying desperately to conjure up another hit before king and country forget about him. Created by funnyman Ben Elton, and also starring Game of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan, it’s set to be an early standout in the 2020 theatre season. Tickets are available here.

5. Pretty Woman, Piccadilly Theatre (from February 13, 2020)

Pretty Woman
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Big, huge news emerged about this arrival back in September, with Pretty Woman primed to be the splashiest musical pitching up in early 2020. Oh, and since it arrives a smidge before Valentine’s Day, theatre tickets are the solution to any big date conundrums you might have. Grab those tickets now, lovers!

6. 4000 Miles, Old Vic (from April 6, 2020)

Timothée Chalamet

Mark your calendars for April 6th, for that is when Timothée Chalamet, the Internet’s current heartthrob, will first tread the boards in London. He’s starring opposite Dame Eileen Atkins in Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, which examines life and grief in the light of generational divides. Your tickets are available here.

7. To Kill A Mockingbird, Gielgud Theatre (from May 21, 2020)

To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird, via Facebook

In the sixtieth year of its publication, To Kill A Mockingbird will get a London stage adaptation. There are some huge names involved, too; West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin has written the playtext, Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs, and Rhys Ifans takes the iconic role of Atticus Finch. Book your tickets here.

8. Sunday In The Park With George, Savoy Theatre (from June 11, 2020)

Jake

Another big-name arrival, this time with a splash of Sondheim flair. Jake Gyllenhaal plays two roles in Sunday in the Park with George, as both French painter Georges Seurat and his grandson (also called George). Seurat’s actions will echo through time, to the sound of tunes such as Finishing The Hat – and your tickets can be found here.

9. Life of Pi, Wyndham’s Theatre (from June 24, 2020)

LIFE OF PI
Photo: Johan Persson

Yann Martel’s smash-hit novel has already inspired an Oscar-winning film, and now it gets a richly-deserved stage adaptation. Adding to the novel’s sparkling allegories are state-of-the-art visuals and mesmerising puppetry, which combine to make this one of the hottest theatre tickets going. Find yours here.

10. Evita, Barbican Theatre (from June 27, 2020)

Evita Barbican London

Miss this one and you’ll be crying for Argentina… Jamie Lloyd, who’s already had a stellar year with Betrayal and a James McAvoy-led Cyrano de Bergerac, reinvents Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical for 2020, with a bold new look at Argentina’s former First Lady Eva Peron. Book your tickets here.

11. Sister Act, Eventim Apollo (from July 29, 2020)

Sister Act

Tickets have been absolutely flying out the door for this one, so you’re likely to be grabbing some of the last ones left in town. Still, it’s 140% worth it for a revival of Sister Act, especially since Whoopi Goldberg reprises her role as Delores Van Cartier. She stars opposite Jennifer Saunders as the Mother Superior, and it’s arguably the biggest arrival 2020 has. Buy your tickets here.

12. Hello, Dolly!, Adelphi Theatre (from August 11, 2020)

Hello Dolly

Oh look, it’s another musical arrival with a huge name attached! The ferociously talented Imelda Staunton steps into the shoes of Dolly Levi, the famed New York matchmaker who realises that the next love match she needs to make is one for herself. Very much a case of Hello, Dolly!, bye-bye, blues. Tickets can be found here.

Upcoming London theatre shows on-sale soon

Okay, so you can’t grab theatre tickets for this pair yet, but I reckon you’re going to want them on your radar – and we’ll be updating you as soon as we’ve got them!

13. Frozen, Theatre Royal Drury Lane (autumn 2020)

Frozen musical

Already an established hit on Broadway, this is expected sometime in the autumn – so eye up October/November 2020 for a potential opening. Tickets are rumoured to go on sale early in the new year, but an exciting tidbit of casting news dropped late last week with Les Miserables star Samantha Barks set to play Elsa when the London production opens.

14. Moulin Rouge, Piccadilly Theatre (March 2021)

Moulin Rouge
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Is fourteen months early too soon to be hyped for this? No? Good, because we’re champing at the bit to score our seats for a dazzling stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s modern classic. It’s already charmed Broadway (gutted they got it first), and with jaw-dropping set design and some 70 pop songs throw in, you can bet this one will have the wow factor upon opening!

Why wait? See the best London theatre shows on-stage now.


Also published on Medium.