As well as a host of classics and all-time favourites, there are plenty of brand new productions waiting in the wings. Here's where you can keep up to date with upcoming new shows and buy tickets at great prices. You might be keen to catch the next big thing, experience a long-anticipated revival of a classic show or enjoy a stage adaptation of your favourite film. Whatever your taste, we're your one-stop-shop for new musicals, ballet, dance, comedies, tragedies, children's shows, celebrity stage debuts and more. These are the shows the West End is waiting for, and here's where you can experience them for less.
Dream Girls – The legendary musical re-awakens. Roll back time to 1981 and Dreamgirls had just opened on Broadway. Thirty years ago the part of Effie was played by Jennifer Holliday, who won an Oscar for her role as Effie in the 2006 film. Both movie and stage versions raised the roof with standing ovation after standing ovation. That's the power of soul music, that's the effect of this legendary musical, and now it's back in town.
If, like millions of others, you adored the book, you will love this wonderful adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling book and film, The Kite Runner. It's a powerful and dramatic story that leaves a lasting impression, touching and haunting, and it's coming to the West End soon. If you love nothing better than a harrowing tale of friendship that spans cultures and continents, you'll enjoy following one man's journey to redemption.
An Inspector Calls is a classic drama by the respected English playwright J. B. Priestley. It was originally performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union, and during 1946 in Britain. This time it's directed by Stephen Daldry, whose multi award-winning revival of Priestley’s brilliant thriller returns to the West End for a strictly limited season.
Nice Fish is both the title and the punchline of this new smash hit. The play has proved deliriously funny, thanks to the eccentric existential ruminations of Mark Rylance's wonderfully naïve character Ron. At the heart of the play sits the prose of the Midwestern folk-bard Louis Jenkins. And the play is gloriously set by designer Todd Rosenthal. It was a massive hit at Off Broadway's splendid St. Ann’s Warehouse, and this brilliant piece about two ice fishermen on a frozen Minnesota lake has already won hearts and minds over the Atlantic.
Premiered to universal acclaim at the National Theatre in 2012, This House written by James Graham (The Vote, Privacy) and directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things, Wolf Hall), gives us a timely, moving and often amusing insight into the workings of British politics.
Sam Shepard's classic play Buried Child is due at the West End's Trafalgar Studios from October 2016. It stars the marvellous Ed Harris and the equally wonderful Jeremy Irvine, and it's predicted to sell out fast, an award-winner, a curiously disturbing play and a piece that's been challenging audiences since the summer of 1978 when it first burst onto the stage.
Lovers of top class theatre adore Tennessee Williams' work. And his most famous play of all, The Glass Menagerie, is on at the Duke of York's theatre for a 13 week season starting in January 2017. It's a memory play, a term coined by the playwright himself to describe this production, in which a lead character narrates a series of events drawn from their memory.
Prepare yourself for a legend in the making, a show that has already won hearts and minds in the French capital and the USA, packed with romance and hailed as a 'dazzling spectacle'. Broadway’s triumphant Tony-winning musical is on its way to theatreland, complete with the original stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. We're delighted to present An American in Paris.
Meat Loaf est un des groupes de musique les plus populaires au monde, avec plus de 80 millions d'albums vendus au cours de leur carrière. Cette carrière est désormais célébrée sur la scène londonienne avec Bat Out of Hell, un musical qui se produira au London Coliseum à partir de l'été 2017. Pour tous ceux qui aiment le rock!
Meet Amalia and Georg, who work as clerks in Maraczek’s Parfumerie and aren’t exactly the best of friends. However, they have something in common. They both rapturously write to romantic pen pals. Despite the anonymity of their secret admirers, they live for the love letters that they exchange and the day they will finally meet.
Actor, writer, presenter, comedian and two-time Olivier award-winner Griff Rhys Jones returns to the West End in a hilarious new adaption by Sean Foley and Phil Porter of Moliere’s classic comedy, The Miser. Griff has most recently been seen on stage as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver, and previously in Feydeau’s An Absolute Turkey.
Tom Stoppard’s dazzlingly clever 1974 play Travesties hasn’t been seen in the West End for more than twenty years. Now it's back, as vivid and intellectually thrilling as you'd expect from one of Britain's foremost playwrights. First revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory, this excellent play transfers to theatreland's Apollo Theatre from early February 2017.
Richard Harris wrote the play Stepping Out in 1984, inspired by a visit to his late wife's tap-dance class. First produced in the West End, it won the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award in '84, and scored a massive hit on Broadway. It was also made into a musical, which then became a movie in 1991, starring Liza Minnelli, Shelley Winters and Julie Walters. Now it's in theatreland again... welcome back!
It's back, the West End is absolutely thrilled and the media is buzzing. It's one of the best-loved stories in show business, revealing the rags to riches life of a young chorus line dancer Peggy who makes the Broadway big time. Whether or not you have stars in your eyes you'll adore the spectacle, the fun, the music, the laughter and the tears. Welcome back, 42nd Street!
If you haven't seen Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and you're a dedicated fan of great theatre, now's your chance. It's back in the West End and the excitement is already mounting, a play that scandalised audiences and critics back in 1962 with its strong language and raw emotion. With Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill in the starring roles, what more could you want?
Don Juan in Soho delighted theatregoers back in December 2006 with a run of eight weeks or so. The play was directed by national treasure Michael Grandage and premièred at the Donmar Warehouse theatre. Back then it starred Rhys Ifans as the wildly priapic DJ who scandalises contemporary Soho. This time it's David Tennant's turn.
One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, Art premiered in London twenty years ago and went on to become a phenomenon, winning the Moliere, Evening Standard, Olivier and Tony Awards. Director Matthew Warchus reunites the entire original team to revisit Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance.
From the award-winning producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES comes David Walliams’ most popular book Gangsta Granny, which opens in the West End in July 2017. This smash-hit production, which was recently nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People, opens at the Garrick theatre on 26 July 2017, direct from an extensive UK tour.
The Goat, AKA Who is Sylvia, is a hugely popular play by Edward Albee, the recently deceased playwright who gave us Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Ian Rickson is due to direct and the star of Homeland, Damian Lewis, is at the helm. It's opening a the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March 2017, a production that won a Tony Award for Best New Play when it premièred on Broadway in 2002 starring Bill Pullman.
Following the productions 2014 run in Stratford-upon Avon and a subsequent run in Chichester, the RSC Chichester Festival Theatre productions of Christopher Luscombe’s heart-warming double bill Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado about Nothing (or Love's Labour's Won) will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season.
Tango Fire returns to the Peacock Theatre after an acclaimed sellout season in 2015. Since its formation, The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires has become a worldwide phenomenon and an international leading tango company. With a legion of fans across the USA, Europe and Asia, and a YouTube audience in excess of 18 million, Tango Fire brings this dynamic genre to life like no other show on the West End.
A swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance makes for the perfect night out. Chock-full of memorable melodies, it includes the famous tongue-twisting patter song from the Major-General and the cowardly Police Sergeant’s ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’.
Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production.
In Concert with full Orchestra
Peter Pan, one of the greatest fairy tale stories of all time makes its return to the London stage at the Adelphi Theatre on the 25th of October for a matinee and evening performance.
Based on the subject and script work by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli. From the Olivier award-winning Producer of the West End hits Top Hat, The Play That Goes Wrong and Hetty Feather
Following the overwhelming success of their UK tour this year with numerous sold-out venues, include the London Palladium, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, defence attorneys for Steven Avery in the Netflix docuseries “Making A Murderer,” return to the UK in January 2017 for a special date at the Adelphi Theatre.
The Addams Family musical – Hilarious musical comedy. Do you remember the old black and white TV series, launched in 1964 and starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones? You might even remember the original US cartoon strip. If so you'll love this brilliant revival of the original Addams Family musical comedy, a show with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
Millions of music fans adored Take That, one of the best-loved and respected boy bands ever to hit the British music charts. Born in 1990s Manchester, the group was headed by singer-songwriter Gary Barlow along with Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams. And their songs marked a generation, 28 top 40 UK singles that rocked the British charts, seventeen of which entered the top 5. Now there's a musical on the cards...
It's all very, very silly. Which, of course, sits at the heart of its popularity and ageless charm. It's Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein the musical, and it's making its way to London's West End for a side-splitting revival in autumn 2017. The black and white 1974 movie was killer fun. The 2017 stage version is set to be even madder, crazier and funnier. Brace yourselves...
The multi-award winning Jack Thorne breathes new life into Woyzeck, one of the most influential plays ever written, creating for our time what Büchner intended for his: an unforgettable howl of rage. Starring John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).
The Girls – A brand new musical comedy with a big heart. Based on the true story, the international 2003 hit movie and the 2008 stage play Calendar Girls, this musical is special. Gary Barlow has composed a suite of unforgettable tunes for his brand new musical comedy featuring lyrics by his good friend Tim Firth, creator of the original screenplay and West End play. The result is a big, warm, smash hit of a musical that sold out in Leeds and Salford before transferring to the West End.
We Will Rock You ran for twelve years in the West End, from 2002 to 2014, delighting countless thousands of musical theatre lovers over a whopping 4,600 performances. Also known as The Queen Musical, it wove a series of the band's epic chart hits into a dystopian future where free thinking, fashion and music were strictly controlled and deviation from the norm frowned upon. Now there's a sequel in the wind...
The world would be a much poorer place without Peter Pan, a story that has made countless childhoods more magical. This is the story of how J M Barrie discovered the inspiration for him, set to music by the marvellously talented ex-Take That singer-songwriter Gary Barlow. It's due in theatreland early 2017 and it's already making waves.
This glorious coming of age musical premièred Off-Broadway at New York's Public Theater in autumn 2013. It was an instant hit and extended several times. Nominated for nine Lucille Lortel Awards, it won three. It also won two Obie Awards and 8 Drama Desk Awards. This is a wonderful, long-awaited musical and it's finally due in the West End for 2017. Excellent!
With 16 Tony nominations under its belt plus a smash hit soundtrack album and tickets as rare as hen's teeth, fought over by keen musical theatre lovers across the USA, Hamilton caused a massive stir on Broadway. If you've always wondered why there aren't more rap musicals, this'll thrill you to bits. It's a hugely popular hip-hop history show and it's already broken a suite of theatrical records.
The irrepressible, big-hearted, moustachioed critter is back. Following rave reviews and an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment and Family show, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax returns to The Old Vic stage.
Thom Sutherland directs the UK premiere of Death Takes a Holiday, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan, the European premiere of the follow-up to Titanic by its Tony Award-winning composers.
Do you remember the giant piano playing scene in the movie, Big? It's one of the best bits, with Tom Hanks dancing on a massive floor piano, a grown man on the outside but a young boy in reality. If you loved it you'll adore Big the Musical. Hanks' heartwarming, funny and fun role is due to come to sparkling life on the West End stage for 2017, so watch this space.
Bridget Jones the Musical is "still happening" according to Helen Fielding, the novelist and screenwriter who is best known for writing four smash hit Bridget Jones novels and collaborating on three hugely popular movies. And that's all we know right now, thanks to the theatreland rumour mill. If the whispers are true, what can theatre lovers expect from the musical stage version of one of the funniest coming-of-age stories of the century?
A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most popular operas. Jonathan Miller’s much-loved ‘Mafia’ production makes a welcome return to the ENO stage, relocating the action to New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s
After publishing a book exploring the evolution of the female body, Sara now considers further issues - will pornography lead to our extinction? Are humans naturally bad? How do we become better? Do we really have to die? and gulp, should she have a baby?
Is Sleepless the Musical coming to the West End? It seems like a marvellous idea. The plot fits the musical genre perfectly, and the brand new stage musical of the brilliant movie is set to launch to a delighted UK fan base in early 2017 at Plymouth's Theatre Royal. What do we know about the predicted London transfer? Not a lot... yet. Come back soon to find out the latest news. In the meantime, here's what we do know.
Inspired by Puccini's classic opera La Boheme, RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Boheme. Winner of four Tony(r) Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it ran on Broadway for an astonishing 12 years.
Me and My Girl is a classic musical dating back to the 1930s, when fresh, rebellious Art Deco styling blew away the Edwardian cobwebs and the USA's Great Depression and dustbowl were hot news. It might be over eighty years old but the story never fails to delight modern audiences, and the musical always seems to be on the stage in one part of the word or other. But is it due in the West End?