Emmie Newitt

London Shows To Watch In January 2024

Kick off your 2024 in style with our guide to 12 of the best London shows to see in this January.

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Explore the cultural richness of London this January with a carefully curated list of must-see shows. From gripping theatre productions like THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA, a new play from Jez Butterworth to captivating classic musicals like the return of THE KING AND I at the Dominion Theatre - we've got a great guide to help you out. Although it's still cold outside, these shows promise to make your January in London unforgettable.

1. The King and I

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Returning to the West End after 18 years, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s unforgettable musical THE KING AND I will perform for a limited time at the Dominion Theatre. Starring Call The Midwife’s Helen George, experience one of the greatest musicals of all time performing on a London stage.

King And I Tickets

2. Shen Yun

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SHEN YUN invites audiences to undergo an extraordinary journey through China’s 5,000 years of rich cultural heritage.20 pieces make up each performance, transitioning fluidly from one legend, region, or dynasty to the next.

Shen Yun Tickets

3. Alegria - Cirque du Soleil

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See one of Cirque du Soleil’s iconic productions, beautifully re-imagined for a new generation to celebrate its 25th anniversary. ALEGRIA contains an unforgettable soundtrack, jaw-dropping acrobatics, and surreal costumes. The Royal Albert Hall’s space will be completely transformed for it.

Alegria Tickets

4. Cruel Intentions The 90s Musical

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A new musical based on the iconic cult classic of the 90s movie? CRUEL INTENTIONS heads to The Other Palace on 11 January. Created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, and Roger Kumble, the musical is based on the original film and laced with a soundtrack of the greatest ‘90s pop classics.

Cruel Intentions Tickets

5. The Hills of California

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THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA is a new play from Jez Butterworth, set in Blackpool during the driest summer in 200 years. The new generational drama will rifle through decades of one family’s past and stars Laura Donnelly, Leanne Best, Ophelia Lovibond, and Helena Wilson.

Hills of California Tickets

6. Bronco Billy The Musical

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Inspired by Clint Eastwood’s film, BRONCO BILLY THE MUSICAL is a rollicking new comedy musical that storms into the Charing Cross Theatre this month. We’re very excited for this one as it features West End favourite Emily Benjamin as Antoinette.

Bronco Billy Tickets

7. Kim's Convenience

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A hilarious and heartwarming award-comedy, KIM’S CONVENIENCE tells the story of a family-run Korean store that inspired a Netflix series. Written by Ins Choi, it’s a love letter to his parents and to all first-generation immigrants who call Canada their home.

Kim's Convenience Tickets

8. Cowbois

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After a hugely successful run at The RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2023, Charlie Josephine’s rollicking queer Western is transferring to London for a limited time only. Critically acclaimed as ‘A joyous queer cowboy romp’ (West End Best Friend), come and see what the hype is all about for this one.

Cowbois Tickets

9. Othello

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Performing as part of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse’s 10th anniversary season, OTHELLO is Shakespeare’s blistering tragedy, playing from 19 January, laid bare by candlelight this winter. This production takes a hard look at the destructive impact of racism.

Othello Tickets

10. Manon

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The Royal Ballet kicks off 2024 with MANON, one of the most dramatic and devastating ballets. Adapted by MacMillan, he takes Abbé Prévost’s novel L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut and creates an acute insight into human psychology with a masterclass in narrative choreography.

Manon Tickets

11. Plaza Suite

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Join Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker as they work on the stage together for the first time in Plaza Suite Performing at the Savoy Theatre from 15 January, Neil Simon’s comedy explores love and marriage. After a successful run on Broadway, London audiences will now get the chance to see it for themselves.

Plaza Suite Tickets

12. Leaves of Glass

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LEAVES OF GLASS returns to the Park Theatre due to popular demand. Philip Ridley’s play looks at memory, manipulation, and power. Hailed by critics and audiences, LEAVES OF GLASS snapped up many four and five star reviews during its last run.

Leaves of Glass Tickets

With loads of shows on offer in January you'll be spoilt for choice! From LEAVES OF GLASS to THE KING AND I opening this month, kick off your month in style with the best of London Theatre. Here's a full list of shows you can see in January.