(co-written / curated with Vikki Bradley)
Superb shows to treat someone to
Forgo the bath sets and multipacks of socks, and give someone the gift of theatre this Christmas. Our theatre specialists have put together their top picks of the West End’s best productions including those currently on stage and those set to open in 2017.
Contact our Theatre team for tickets, and for UK-wide suggestions.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Until 29 January
The cast behind the ever-popular The Play That Goes Wrong are set to return to the stage with Peter Pan Goes Wrong – a festive special that debuted with huge success in 2015. As ever, audiences can expect technical glitches, wardrobe malfunctions, crossed wires and catfights in what is sure to be another hilarious production from this Olivier Award-winning team. This production is only showing over the Christmas period so contact us to secure tickets.
School of Rock
New London Theatre
Until 12 February
This brand new production from Andrew Lloyd Webber is based on the hit movie of the same name and follows the story of Dewey Finn. He dreams of being a rock star but instead finds himself as a substitute teacher in a prep school… Not quite what he had in mind. It turns out that his music students have a lot of talent and together with Dewey, they enter a Battle of the Bands competition.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Until 22 April
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, this play tells the story of a 15-year-old sleuth who attempts to discover the truth behind the murder of his neighbour’s dog. Since opening it has earned high praise from both critics and audiences, and has gone on to win a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards.
Opening 19 November
After premiering on Broadway in 1981, this powerhouse musical story based on the rise of R&B acts of the 1960s and ’70s is finally making its West End debut. It is produced by Sonia Friedman, directed by Casey Nicholaw who also oversaw The Book of Mormon and Aladdin, and stars Amber Riley – who some may recognise as Glee’s Mercedes Jones.
Opening 28 January
Never one to rest on his laurels, song-writing maestro Gary Barlow will have two shows running in the West End in 2017. As well as Finding Neverland, which will transfer from Broadway, his latest creation, a collaboration with lyricist Tim Firth, is based on the film Calendar Girls. Having been warmly received during its premier run at Leeds Grand Theatre, we’re not surprised that it’s been picked up for London.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Harold Pinter Theatre
Opening 22 February, until 27 May
Imelda Staunton returns to the West End alongside Conleth Hill, under the direction of James Macdonald, for this revival of Edward Albee’s seminal play about marital strife. George and Martha have a strange relationship that blends reality and fiction and their mutual frustrations lead them to play dark games with a younger couple, Nick and Honey, during an alcohol-fuelled evening.
An American in Paris
Opening 4 March
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, An American in Paris tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, a Second World War veteran, who moves to Paris to make his name as a painter. He falls in love with shop girl, Lise, but soon realises that his two best friends are also interested in the same woman. This Broadway transfer features Gershwin classics such as I Got Rhythm, S’Wonderful and They Can’t Take That Away.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Opening 20 March
Following a successful run in New York, this much-loved Broadway hit is finally coming to the West End again. The show’s writer, Mark Bramble, will be directing the London production and we in the Theatre team already have our tickets booked to see those dancing feet. The multi-award-winning show tells the story of Peggy Sawyer who finds herself unexpectedly a Broadway star.
Pictured: An American in Paris – original Broadway cast © Matthew Murphy