New To West End This Season
Our pick of the highlights you can catch now and over the coming months. The first place to look if you're planning a trip to a show!
Turn up the heat this winter with the sizzling excitement of the very best of London’s West End. Across the worlds of theatre, musicals and opera, this guide tells you exactly which shows will send your spirits soaring as the nights draw in.
If you fancy the breathtaking thrills of a blockbuster musical you’re in for a real treat. This season sees the opening of the hotly anticipated Viva Forever!, the new musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls, and The Bodyguard, adapted from the smash-hit movie. And of course with timeless classics such as Les Misérables and Mamma Mia! still dazzling audiences night after night, London is simply musical heaven.
The Olympics may be over, but the capital is still pulsing with electrifying drama and big name stars. The Audience will see Helen Mirren returning to the role of Queen Elizabeth II, while Quartermaine’s Terms will mark Rowan Atkinson’s first stage play in almost 25 years. And for the opera lovers, the extraordinary English National Opera continues to stage world-renowned productions including Carmen and Don Giovanni, right in the heart of theatreland. We’ve had a breathtaking summer in 2012, now it’s time for an unforgettable winter!
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Gielgud Theatre, London
Stephen Daldry directs Helen Mirren in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience. For sixty years Elizabeth II has met with her Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence - and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen.Book Tickets
Adelphi Theatre, London
Don’t miss The Bodyguard as it previews from 6 November at the Adelphi Theatre starring Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen. Based on the smash-hit film, this breathtaking romantic thriller features a whole host of irresistible classics, including Queen of the Night, One Moment in Time, Run to You, I Have Nothing, Jesus Loves Me, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and, of course, the legendary I Will Always Love You.Book Tickets
Michael Grandage Company Season
Noël Coward Theatre, London
The Michael Grandage Company presents a season of plays starting this December at the Noël Coward Theatre. At its heart is a commitment to reach out to as wide an audience as possible with over 200 tickets for each performance at £10 and over 100,000 across the season.Book Tickets
Wyndham’s Theatre, London
Rowan Atkinson will star as the well-meaning but hopeless teacher St. John Quartermaine in the first major West End revival of Simon Gray’s play Quartermaine’s Terms, from 23 January 2013 at the Wyndham’s Theatre.Book Tickets
St. James Theatre
St. James Theatre, London
Cinderella: A Fairytale
A Christmas show to enchant all ages over 6, Cinderella combines a quirky visual style, magical storytelling and live music to bring one of the oldest and best loved fairy tales of all time startlingly and imaginatively to life.Book Tickets
Piccadilly Theatre, London
From the award-winning writer and comedienne Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders), and Judy Craymer, producer of the worldwide smash-hit musical Mamma Mia!, comes Viva Forever!, a wonderfully joyous contemporary musical about the value of friendship in the face of fame and fortune! An original story of our times, inspired by the songs of the Spice Girls, Viva Forever! hits all the high notes for a fabulous feel-good night out.Book Tickets
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