London is home to some of the finest theatre in the world, so we reckon you should get out there and watch some!
We’ve selected a few shows that you really ought to go and see this year. Oh, and while we’re confident you’ll get a decent return of enjoyment on your ticket price investment, we’ve put together a guide on how to nab tickets for less, which you can take a look at here.
1. Eugenius! (The Other Palace, 22nd January – 3rd March)
Beloved actor Warwick Davis – who we know you’ll recognise as Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter series – is turning his hand to producing with new musical Eugenius!, which opens at The Other Palace later this month. Written by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, Eugenius! tells the story of a teenage boy, Eugene, whose nightly dreams of heroes and villains may just be the start of his journey to Hollywood stardom. The show’s catchy songs and uplifting message are guaranteed to improve your mood!
Following the 2016 concert performance, this heartwarming coming-of-age story is fast becoming a cult phenomenon – so we recommend booking fast to secure your seat. Get your tickets here.
2. Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre)
The much-anticipated London offshoot of the hit Broadway musical has settled into the lovingly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre. This hip-hop infused story of America’s Founding Fathers has already received heaps of glowing praise. Aside from the already legendary musical numbers, reviewers have singled out straight-outta-RADA newcomer Jamael Westman in the role of Alexander Hamilton as the stand out act. Find out how to get tickets in the London ticket lottery, or check their site for returns and occasional availability in 2018.
3. The Exorcist (The Phoenix Theatre, until 10th March)
The power of Christ compels you… to go and scare yourself silly at the Phoenix Theatre.
The Birmingham Rep’s critically acclaimed production of The Exorcist is currently playing in the West End’s Phoenix Theatre and every horror fan needs to go and experience this show before it closes. The theatre has even imposed a strict ‘no under-18s’ rule so you know it’s going to be heavy on the scares. Get your tickets here.
4. Antony and Cleopatra (The National Theatre, from September)
People are calling The National Theatre’s Network the hit of the year, but unfortunately that’s already completely sold out, so we thought we’d offer you an excellent alternative. The National Theatre certainly knows how to put on a good Shakespearian tragedy, and Anthony and Cleopatra looks set to be another smash. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the title lovers in an adaptation by Simon Godwin. Keep your eye on The National Theatre website for ticket releases.
5. Chicago (The Phoenix Theatre, from 26th March)
Taking over at the Phoenix Theatre following The Exorcist‘s departure is musical mega-hit Chicago, returning to the West End after a five-year hiatus. Chicago tells the story of nightclub singer Roxie Hart and her cell-block frenemy Velma Kelly, as they prepare to go on trial for murder. At the moment, we’re waiting for the full cast to be announced, but we do know that Cuba Gooding Jr. – who recently portrayed OJ Simpson in American Crime Story‘s OJ series – will be playing the role of Billy Flynn. It’s shaping up to be killer! Get your tickets here.
6. Girl From The North Country (Noël Coward Theatre, until 24th March)
This sell-out show transferred from the Old Vic to the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre last year and it’s been going strong ever since. Starring Shirley Henderson – who you’ll also recognise as Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter – and featuring the music of Bob Dylan, this breakthrough production is not to be missed. The play is set in 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota and tells a story of hope, heartbreak and soul. Get your tickets here.
7. The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studio One, until April 14th)
Imagine Beauty and the Beast directed by Tim Burton, and you’ll have something approaching this dark musical puppet show. The Grinning Man is a wonderfully weird mix of puppets, fairground freaks… and catchy musical numbers. Having received rave reviews and standing ovations from its run at Bristol Old Vic, the production is now taking up residence in the West End. Get your tickets here.
8. Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 17 May – 15 June)
There’s probably nothing more British than a trip to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to watch Peter Pan. Except perhaps a trip to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to watch Peter Pan in the rain. Which is probably going to be the case, let’s face it. But that won’t stop us resilient Londoners from enjoying an al fresco show, especially not a classic like this. This critically acclaimed adaptation is back from 17th May to 15th June, and you should definitely catch it while you can. Get your tickets here.
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